Religion And Historic Faiths

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byOtto Pfleiderer

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907. Excerpt: ... Islam, the religion of Mohammed, is the latest among the historical religions, a late after-impulse of the religion-forming power of the Semitic race. Founded by the prophet Mohammed under Jewish and Christian influences among the half-barbaric Arabic people in the seventh century, Islamism shares the monotheistic, rigidly theocratic and legalistic character of Judaism, without its national limitation; with Christianity, it shares the claim and propagating impulse of world-religion, but without the wealth of religious thought and motives and without the mobility and the capacity for development which belongs to a world-religion. It might be maintained, probably, that Islamism is the Jewish idea of theocracy carried out on a larger scale by the youthful national vigor of the Arabians, well, calculated to discipline raw barbaric peoples, but a brake on the progress of free human civilization. The religion of the Arabs before Mohammed was the ancient Semitic heathenism, which had preserved itself longest in its ancient form among them. The separate tribes had their individual gods which differed from one another only in the forms of worship in use at the local sanctuaries. Allah was the species-name for god, and even before Mohammed, he was placed above the others as an independent god, the highest of all; the oldest of these gods, Allat (Mistress), Utza and Manat, were subordinated to Allah, as his daughters. Beside these and several other nature-gods, the Dschinns, good and evil spirits, played a great role in the popular religion. As dwelling-places and manifestations of the presence of the gods, the cult regarded stones preferably, but trees and wells served also; to them sanctuaries were attached, at which the separate tribes met once a year for an ador...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907. Excerpt: ... Islam, the religion of Mohammed, is the latest among the historical religions, a late after-impulse of the religion-forming po...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217749178

ISBN - 13:9780217749176

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