Ishmael: A Natural History of Islamism

Ishmael, or, A natural history of Islamism is an interesting read so far.

“Had it not been for the recent outbursts of Moslem fanaticism, it would almost have been forgotten, that Islamism maintains an unequivocally hostile relation to Christianity. We should doubtless have continued to flatter ourselves with having done our duty towrads its followers, in praying once a year that God might ‘have mercy upon all…Turks,…and take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of his Word.’ But if the calculation of learned French infidel Bayle be correct, that were the globe divided into thirty equal portions, nineteen of them would fall to the dominion of Paganism, six to Islamism, and five only to Christianity–we must acknowledge that something more is to be done, and if so, the object of this work can scarcely be deemed futile or chimerical [wishful thinking].” –from the book’s Preface, written in 1859

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