Narrative of a Tour Through Armenia, Kurdistan, Persia and Mesopotamia: With an Introduction, and Occasional Observations Upon the Condition of Mohammedanism and Christianity in Those Countries, Volume 1

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D. Appleton & Company, 1840 - Armenia
Produced as documentation of his mission work and inspiration for others, this book contains an original map of the areas visited and diary-like entries. However, the ultimate purpose was to aid other missionaries in learning about and recognizing customs and people, so the writing sometimes reads like reporting. The first volume of the series covers the author's journey through Turkey and Persia. The introduction provides some selected translations of the Koran and explanations of Islam.
 

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Page 96 - O true believers, a fast is ordained you, as it was ordained unto those before you, that ye may fear God. A certain number of days shall ye fast: but he among you who shall be sick, or on a journey, shall jast an equal number of other days.
Page 96 - The month of Ramadan shall ye fast, in which the Koran was sent down from heaven, a direction unto men, and declarations of direction, and the distinction between good and evil.
Page 52 - So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
Page 96 - Koran was sent down from heaven, a direction unto men, and declarations of direction, and the distinction between good and evil. Therefore let him among you who shall be present in this month fast the same month ; but he who shall be sick, or on a journey, shall fast the like number of other days.
Page 68 - At the end of my first month's residence in Constantinople, I might have promulgated my opinions on Turkish institutions and customs with the utmost confidence. At the end of three months, I began to perceive the fallacy of most of my conclusions, and when six months had passed, I found that I knew next to nothing of the object of my study. But one useful lesson I had learned. I saw that my first judgments had been inaccurate, because they had been formed from a false position. I had begun to study...
Page 96 - ... wherefore he turneth unto you and forgiveth you. Now therefore go in unto them ; and earnestly desire that which God ordaineth you, and eat and drink, until ye can plainly distinguish a white thread from a black thread by the daybreak : then keep the fast until night, and go not in unto them, but be constantly present in the places of worship.
Page 69 - ... my opinions on Turkish institutions and customs with the utmost confidence. At the end of three months, I began to perceive the fallacy of most of my conclusions ; and when six months had passed, I found that I knew next to nothing of the object of my study. But one useful lession I had learned. I saw that my first judgments had been inaccurate , because they had been formed from a false position. I had begun to study the East with a Western mind. I had applied a standard of judgment which necessarily...
Page 247 - When we sat down to eat, the old Turkish Bey implored a blessing with great solemnity, and rendered his thanks when we arose. Before he left us, he spread his carpet, and offered his evening devotions with apparent meekness and humility ; and I could not but feel how impressive are the Oriental forms of worship when I saw his aged head bowed to the earth in religious homage.
Page 247 - ... converse with them on holy things. I have heard them insist with much earnestness on the duty of prayer, when they appeared to have some spiritual sense of its nature and importance. I have sometimes found them entertaining elevated views of moral duty, and looking with contempt on the pleasures of this world. These are indeed rare characters, but I should do injustice to my own conviction if I did not confess that I had found them. In these instances I have been uniformly struck with a strong...

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