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1898 Excerpt: ... basis of Mohammed's doctrine (Islam) was the book
of teachings which he had compiled during his life, and which were
said to have been given him directly by God. In fact, the laws of
the Koran were the production of a man with a profound insight into
the needs of his people and his time. They served an admirable
purpose in restraining their most dangerous vices and in providing
standards of right which should lift them up to a somewhat higher
plane than they were then upon. But like any other set of laws
which cannot be changed, they gradually lost their power to carry
the people higher, and hence comes the moral and intellectual
degradation of all Mohammedan peoples in the present day as
compared with those peoples who accepted the teaching of Christ.
But at the time we are studying, these evils had not begun to make
themselves felt. Within a cen-Danger to tury after the flight of
the prophet the stan-Europe. dard of Islam had swept victoriously
westward from the Red Sea to the Pyrenees. In the East it had met
and driven back the banners of the Eastern Roman Empire, until all
that was left to the frightened rulers in Constantinople was Asia
Minor, Greece, Macedonia, and Thrace. It seemed as if nothing could
save Europe from being gathered up between the two arms of this
resistless power and simply crushed out of existence. As one looks
at the map and sees how comparatively short the distance was from
the head-waters of the Euphrates to the head-waters of the Danube
and Rhine as compared with the distances already traversed by the
armies of Islam, one learns the great truth that distance alone is
not the greatest obstacle to conquest. The conquests of the
Mohammedans thus far had been over people scattered through a vast
extent of country, but generally th...
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