Mediaeval History

Mediaeval History

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...up Islam. His ends were the same as before. His object was still to establish the worship of the one true and living God. But his means thereafter were of the earth, earthy. He no longer contented himself with the arts of persuasion, but assumed a tone of command. He declared that the period of long suffering and patience was past, and that his mission and that of every Moslem was to propagate the dominion of Islam by the sword. The duty of all Mussulmans was to destroy the temples of the infidels, to overthrow the idols, and to pursue the unbelievers to the remotest quarters of the world. Said Mohammed: "The sword is the key of heaven and of hell. A drop of blood shed in the cause of Allah, a night spent in arms, is of more avail than two months of fasting and prayer. Whoever dies in battle, his sins are forgiven." This promise, with the assurance that every man's death is decreed by Fate, made the Moslems boldly face death in battle. They were assured that no man could die until the appointed moment. Until that moment arrived, he was safe from the enemy's darts; but when it did arrive, he would drop dead in his own house or expire in his bed, if not on the battle-field. It is no wonder that under such teaching the soldiers of Islam have ever been distinguished for their reckless bravery. Mohammed did not only promise the glories of Paradise as the reward of the valor of his followers, but the riches of this "world were also to be divided among them. Thus the new religion attracted the wandering Bedouins of the Arabian desert, not so much from the sublime dogma which it inculcated of the unity and spirituality of God, as from the sanction which it gave to pillage, and the rights it conferred on the more

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  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 445g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123698725X
  • 9781236987259