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THE KORAN - TRANSLATED FROM THE ARABIC BY J. M. RODWELL
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The Koran TRANSLATED FROM THE ARABIC BY J. M. RODWELL, M. A. INTRODUCTION BY G. MARGOLIOUTH -- INTRODUCTION -- THE Koran admittedly occupies an important position among the great religious books of the world. Though the youngest of the epoch-making works belonging to this class of literature, it yields to hardly any in the wonderful effect which it has produced on large masses of men. It has created an all but new phase of human thought and a fresh type of character. It first transformed a number of heterogeneous desert tribes of the Arabian peninsula into a nation of heroes, and then proceeded to create the vast politico-religious organisations of the Mohammedan world which are one of the great forces with which Europe and the East have to reckon to-day. The secret of the power exercised by the book, of course, lay in the mind which produced it. It was, in fact, at first not a book, but a strong living voice, a kind of wild authoritative proclamation, a series of admonitions, promises, threats, and instructions addressed to turbulent and largely hostile assemblies of untutored Arabs. As a book it was published after the prophets death. In Mohammeds life-time there were only disjointed notes, speeches, and the retentive memories of those who listened to them. To speak of the Koran is, therefore, practically the same as speaking of Mohammed, and in trying to appraise the religious value of the book one is at the same time attempting to form an opinion of the prophet himself. It would indeed be difficult to find another case in which there is such a complete indentity between the literary work and the mind of the man who produced it. That widely different estimates have been formed ofMohammed is well-known. To Moslems he is, of course, the prophet par excellence, and the Koran is regarded by the orthodox as nothing less than the eternal utterance of Allah. The eulogy pronounced by Carlyle on Mohammed in Heroes and Hero Worshifi will probably be endorsed by not a few at the present day. The extreme contrary opinion, which in a fresh form has recently been revived 1 by an able writer, is hardly Mahommed and the Rise of Islam, in Heroes of Nations series. v11 The Koran likely to find much Iasting support. The correct view very probably lies between the two extremes. The relative value of any given system of religious thought must depend on the amount of truth which it embodies as well as on the ethlcal standard which its adherents are bidden to follow. Another important test is the degree of originality that is to be assigned to it, for it can manifestly only claim credit for that whlch is new in it, not for that which it borrowed from other systems. With regard to the first-named criterion, there is a growing opinion among students of religious history that Mohammed may in a real sense be regarded as a prophet of certain truths, though by no means of truth in the absolute meanlng of the term. The shortcomings of the moral teaching contained in the Koran are striking enough if judged from the highest ethical standpoint with which we are acquainted but a much more favourable view is arrived at if a comparison is made between the ethics of the Koran and the moral tenets of Arabian and other forms of heathenism which it supplanted. The method followed by Mohammed in the promulgation of the Koran also requires to be treated with discrimination. From the first flash ofprophetic inspiration which is clearly discernible in the earlier portions of the book he, later on, frequently descended to deliberate invention and artful rhetoric...

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Titre: THE KORAN - TRANSLATED FROM THE ARABIC BY J. M. RODWELL
Auteur: Anon
Code EAN: 9781408629284
ISBN: 1408629283
Format: Couverture cartonnée
nombre de pages: 520
Poids: 655g
Taille: H216mm x B140mm x T30mm
Année: 2007

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