Books: Non-Fiction


The Prophet.* The citizens of Mecca, about 610 A. D., were idly curious when Mohammed, a jovial but second-rate trader of their town, contracted the habit of repairing to a cave in the hills nearby, sometimes alone, sometimes with his elderly wife or a slave, to perform secret things for days at a time. Perhaps, it was thought, he was counterfeiting. But this Mohammed, a shambling wight of 40, was a standing, harmless joke. Epileptic as a boy, he had later acquitted himself with notable lack of distinction in the trading caravans....

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