Muhammad's People: A Tale by Anthology

Muhammad's People: A Tale by Anthology

Muhammad's People: A Tale by Anthology

Muhammad's People: A Tale by Anthology

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An Iraq judge, some thousand years my elder, having written down a collection of stories taken from other people, as I have done, was composing an Introduction, as I must do.

These times, said he, were filled with strange events: great wars, unforeseen revolutions, and weird coincidences; there were plenty of clever political schemes, many well-organized and lasting institutions. Of such things I have put a little into writing, and concisely, in such a way as to inform any intelligent person who would like to know something new of the consequences of benevolence and its opposite, and the ultimate results of action.

Trying to classify usually makes things dull; and this work has little value as tabulation. It was not intended analytically, nor was it meant to pigeonhole things. Probably it is on the whole not quite like anything else, and rather original. It will be not only more amusing for being a mixture: it will be more impressive.

I hope there may be some market for my anthology, and that the physical labor of writing all this down may not prove waste. At any rate it will be something if the work is an improvement on an equivalent amount of blank paper -- please God, Whom I beseech to preserve me from both lies and mistakes. HE SUFFICETH ME. THERE IS NO POWER NOR STRENGTH SAVE IN HIM, said His Honor the Judge.

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