THE MOHAMMEDAN CONTROVERSY
to the historical evidences of their faith, and are comparing. them with those
These stirrings, however, of the native mind bear but indirectly upon
Christianity. Let us inquire what has been done of late directly towards the
MOHAMMEDAN CONTROVERSY. And first it may be stated, that large reprints of Dr.
Pfander's treatises, both in Urdoo and Persian, have been published during the
last few years. This has been effected by the contributions of the public (to
whom an appeal was, not in vain, made in a former number of this Review),
and by the ever liberal aid of the noble London Tract Society.
The long threatened work of Pfander's opponent, Syud Ali Hassan,1
made its appearance in A.H. 1261 (A.D. 1845). It contains 806 large octavo
pages; and is denominated KITÂB I ISTIFSÂR," or the "BOOK of
QUESTIONS." It is written in an easy but desultory style, rambling from
one subject to another, with little logical precision or arrangement. The
first four "Questions" (46 pp.) are devoted to the refutation of the
doctrine of the Trinity. The next ten (137 pp.) attack the genuineness and
authority of the Bible. The main argument here is deduced from variations in
the different Oriental versions, each variety in the translations being
triumphantly adduced as evidence of variety and corruption in the Original!
The word of man thus is mingled with the word of God, throughout our
Scriptures; and, unlike the Coran, there is no proof that every writer was
inspired. There is further no proof of the continued existence of the several