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THE TRACK OF THE MOORS He

formation from the old type. may not have been superior to others of his race, but he certainly did not resemble them. Whether under the influence of stronger minds or

only swayed

by

his

own

questionings,

how

or

when he

first felt

the dictates of

a divine message, only legend can tell us. But a man of forty is more likely to listen to his own reasonings than to another's, and

Mohamed had passed that age

—

a ripe one for the desert

—when

his

vocation, definitely revealed to him, allowed him to enter on the prophetic stage of his career, a life of stern and despondent hardship. Nothing in history, it has been pointed out, is more remark-

crowds of human beings influenced and a veritable swayed by religious epidemic, a contagious mysticism be resulting in the conversion of masses of individuals such as able than the condition of

may

seen

among the

Christians of the

Middle Ages, or

But Mohamed did not

El Islam. tide's turn.

Long

in the history

live to see the miracle

after his death the

new

faith

of the

full

was only kept

existence through the bloody quarrels of the old and of Arabia, the aristocratic paganism as against the

new

of in

noblesse

lately created

aristocracy of the Defenders of the Faith. Difficult as it often is to find a junction for human sympathies with the Arab, past and

present,

we

are at least

on familiar ground when

question of pride of birth, and

powerful

a

social

we

traditions

it

comes to the

see across the centuries

how

most belief no

the

part played amongst primitive of people, penetrating into their religious less than into their social customs. But we see that the

Prophet, remarkable insight into the character of his race, never fully realised the part heredity was to play among his He had over vacillated the unwritten laws of precedence people.

in spite of his

which the Bedouin, rude

he was, clung to ; unwilling to recognise superficially converted pagan noblesse of his in the country, place of his devoted adherents, he met the difficulty by preaching for a while a fine doctrine of equality, the as

the

last in the

world

this

people of proud tradition could understand.

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