Mohammedanism: Lectures on Its Origin, Its Religious and Political Growth and Its Present State

By C. Snouck Hurgronje | Go to book overview

II
THE RELIGIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF ISLÂM

WE can hardly imagine a poorer, more miserable population than that of the South-Arabian country Hadramaut. All moral and social progress is there impeded by the continuance of the worst elements of Jâhiliyyah (Arabian paganism), side by side with those of Islâm. A secular nobility is formed by groups of people, who grudge each other their very lives and fight each other according to the rules of retaliation unmitigated by any more humane feelings. The religious nobility is represented by descendants of the Prophet, arduous patrons of a most narrow-minded orthodoxy and of most bigoted fanaticism. In a well-ordered society, making the most of all the means offered by modern technical science, the dry barren soil might be made to yield sufficient

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • ANNOUNCEMENT. iii
  • Preface *
  • Contents xi
  • I - SOME POINTS CONCERNING THE ORIGIN OF ISLÂM 1
  • II - THE RELIGIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF ISLÂM 52
  • III - THE POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT OF ISLÂM 94
  • IV - ISLÂM AND MODERN THOUGHT 135
  • Index 179
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