ISLÂM AND MODERN THOUGHT
ONE of the most powerful factors of religious life in its higher forms is the need of man to find in this world of changing things an imperishable essence, to separate the eternal from the temporal and then to attach himself to the former. Where the possibility of this operation is despaired of, there may arise a pessimism, which finds no path of liberation from the painful vicissitudes of life other than the annihilation of individuality. A firm belief in a sphere of life freed from the category of time, together with the conviction that the poetic images of that superior world current among mankind are images and nothing else, is likely to give rise to definitions of the Absolute by purely negative attributes and to mental efforts having for their object the absorption of individual
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Publication information: Book title: Mohammedanism:Lectures on Its Origin, Its Religious and Political Growth and Its Present State. Contributors: C. Snouck Hurgronje - Author. Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1916. Page number: 135.