where foreign influences prevail, as among certain classes in Turkey,they are rarely
permitted to learn even to read. They are regarded as being by nature prone to vice, and
as in fact quite unfitted to become the counsellors or companions of their husbands. A
faith that thus degrades the gentler sex and fails altogether to revere the innate
nobleness of feminine humanity and the dignity of wifehood1 and motherhood is
its own condemnation among all enlightened men, whatever their prejudices with regard to
other points may be in its favour.
§ 5. We must now inquire what is the attitude of Muhammadanism towards Christianity and
the Canonical Scriptures. It has been asserted not long since that Muslims reverence the
Bible, and that their religion may be regarded as a preparation for Christianity in
Eastern lands.2 In this statement there is just enough verisimilitude to make
it readily accepted by those who are not well acquainted with the real facts of the case.
It is true that Muhammad never spoke or wrote a single word against the authority and
inspiration of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. On the contrary, he not only
acknowledged them to have been given by Divine inspiration, but also
Attitude of Islam