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IN

THE SHADOW OF ISLAM

alert, and the absence of would not point to any mental

and

135

reasoning in the Koran inferiority, given the race from logical

which he sprang. Perhaps the least of his several claims to the role of a genuine prophet, inspired by an ardent and visionary mind, may be recognised in the extreme persecution which pursued him for the first ten years of his life, the true heritage of the true prophet, borne with a fortitude only reasonable, given If he was but the natural outcome of the circumstances his faith.

no less a natural phenomena wave of religious enthusiasm great unequalled which was surely sweeping over the whole of Europe, caught him on its crest instead of engulfing him. His religion swept away gods and idols, and spread with tremendous force over Egypt and Africa, Spain and Sicily, the deserts of the Atlas, the

and unrest surrounding him, he in history.

banks of the Ganges.

whose

corner-stones

religious

fraternity.

is

The

It laid

the foundation of a civilisation

were Empire-building, unity, order, and No ordinary Arab was this, a great

Napoleon among prophets, founder of Empire, would-be destroyer of old traditions, maker of laws, who passed away while his throne was still tottering. But those laws, though defective and in no way essential to Without* comparing the imperfect the saving faith, live on.

germ of Mohamed's code with the Code Napoleon, yet might not some parallel be drawn to the posthumous influence of Napoleon's own law-making work upon the history of France Students .''

of contemporaneous history are frequently led to the conclusion that radical changes in the government of France are impossible, so completely has his great work crystallised the constitutional

development of the people. It remains and will always remain the For this reason same, no matter what outward forms may change. the colonisation by France of Mohamedan countries offers a discouraging

barrier,

government of

all

an officialdom which

robs

freedom, insight and scope.

the So,

colonising

through no

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