|CHAPTER I.||HISTORY OF ARABIA PRIOR TO THE TIME OF MUHAMMAD|
|CHAPTER III.||THE SUCCESSORS OF MUHAMMAD|
|CHAPTER IV.||THE TWELVE IMAMS OR SPIRITUAL HEADS OF ISLAM|
|CHAPTER V.||THE QURAN|
|CHAPTER VI.||THE SUNNIS|
|CHAPTER VII.||THE SHIAS|
PEOPLE, even in learned circles, talk glibly of the Prophet of Arabia and the religion he founded, yet few are familiar with the outlines of the faith of Islam; while as to details, fewer still could pass a competitive examination in that subject. A general lack of knowledge of the facts was excusable in the past owing to the absence of any work embodying the needful information, which, albeit replete with interest, was scattered throughout a considerable number of volumes - some of which were out of print, and inaccessible to the general reader. The present compilation was designed to meet this want by bringing within a limited compass extracts from the pages of the best known original authors on the subject of which it treats. It is hardly within my province to say how far it has fulfilled its mission, but perhaps I may be allowed to refer with pride to the testimony of not a few who have found the information it contains accurate and useful. Its merit, if such can be claimed, is that all that is necessary to be known on a very interesting topic is collected into a few hundred pages, and presented for acceptance in a form which should attract the many - the few I leave to their own researches.
GLEN HILL, WALMER.
6th May, 1904.
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