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III. THE KORAN. Koran, or Alcoran, with the article, is an Arabic
word which means lecture, and designates a collection of the
pretended revelations made by the Divinity to Mohammed at different
times. According to Mohammed, the Koran had been brought to him
completed in all its parts, by the angel Gabriel in his first
apparition, but was afterwards taken back with the assurance that
it would be returned again chapter after chapter, as circumstances
would require. During his life, Mohammed was very punctual to this
programme of his religious comedy, and every time he found himself
in any trouble with his followers, or whenever there arose any
murmur against his scandalous conduct and arbitrary acts, there
opportunely appeared from heaven a chapter of the Koran admirably
suited to the needs of the favored prophet, a celestial boon
accorded to Joseph Smith, of modern fame, in this century of
enlightenment and progress! After the death of Mohammed, many of
these chapters were to be found written on parchments, white
stones, leaves of palm- tree and bones, while the remnants were
kept by heart among his most zealous disciples. The Caliph, Abou-
Becker, had all these scattered fragments collected in one book,
which, revised under the Caliph Osman, is the Koran now in use
among the Moslems. One hundred and fourteen Surat, or heads,
compose the whole book, and every Surat is divided into verses
called Ayat, or marvels. Such was the pell-mell and confusion of
the materials that the revisers did not find a better way to give
the book proper shape than to put at the beginning the longest
chapters, leaving the shortest for the end, which fact recalls to
our memory the wonderful monster of Horace, with the head of a
beautiful woman and the tail of an ugly fish; and his "Risum
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