History of Turkey, Volume 1

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D. Appleton & Company, 1855 - Turkey
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Page 187 - wears on his head either a diadem, or a crown of gold, decorated with precious stones of inestimable value. These ornaments, and his purple garments, are reserved for his sacred person alone ^ and his robes of silk are embroidered with the figures of golden dragons. His throne is of massy gold.
Page 181 - ... clothes him with its fleece. Not a tree is to be seen there to cast its shade upon the earth, or supply a covert for fierce or noxious animals. Grass is the sole vegetable. Nourished by a soil without stones, and of great depth, like the slimy and saline bottom of some ocean, emptied by a cataclysm ; watered by the oozings of the Alps of Thibet, the loftiest summits of Asia ; preserved during the long winters by a carpet of snow, propitious to vegetation ; warmed in spring by a sun without a...
Page 37 - Judaea, the mountains of Arabia, and the desert, — should have been the site, the cradle, and the scene of the three greatest religions adopted by mankind (India and China excepted),— the Jewish religion, the Christian religion, and the Mahometan religion. One would think, on contemplating a map of the world, that this little zone of rocks and sand between two translucent seas, and beneath stars of bright serenity, alone reflected more of divinity than all the residue of the globe.
Page 181 - It is the largest pasture field that the globe has spread beneath the foot of the human race, to multiply the milk which quenches man's thirst; the ox that feeds him, the horse that carries him, the camel that follows him, bearing his family and his tent, the sheep that clothes him with its fleece. Not a tree is to be seen there to cast its shade upon the earth, or supply a covert for fierce or noxious animals. Grass is the sole vegetable. Nourished by a soil without stones, and of great depth, like...
Page 182 - After death they bequeath their skin for his uses. Man, in such countries, needs no cultivation to give him food and drink, nor fixed dwellings, nor fields inclosed and divided. The immeasurable spaces over which he is obliged to follow the peregrinations of his moving property, lead him in its train. He takes with him but his tent, which is carried from steppe to steppe, according as the grass is browsed upon a certain zone around him, or he harnesses his ox to his leather-covered wagon, the movable...
Page 205 - A wooden spoon, a saltcellar, a vest embroidered in colored thread, a linen turban, a few yoke of oxen for the plough, some flocks of sheep, and a few Arabian coursers, were his entire wealth. His horses passed to his son, his flocks of sheep in Mesopotamia were transported to Broussa, where the breed has been perpetuated in the property of the sultans, and where they feed still upon the grassy sides of Mount Olympus.
Page 170 - Persuasion gradually insinuated itself into our hearts ; we have believed in the mission of the Prophet ; we have recognised that his words are the words of Allah, and his commands the commands of Allah, and that the religion he announced to us, which he called Islam, is the only true religion. He has enlightened our minds, he has extinguished our hatreds, he has united and converted us into a society of brothers under laws dictated by divine wisdom. Then he said to us : ' Complete my work ; spread...
Page 182 - Iheir skin for his domestic uses. Man, in such countries, needs no cultivation to give him food and drink, nor fixed dwellings, nor fields inclosed and divided for appropriation. The immeasurable spaces over which he is obliged to follow the peregrinations of his...
Page 216 - There is no other god but God, and Mahomet is his prophet;" after which they kiss the superior's hand and retire.
Page 155 - God, his death and his triumph after death : all these attest not to an imposture but to a firm conviction which gave him the power to restore a dogma. This dogma was twofold, the unity of God and the immateriality of God ; the former telling what God is, the latter telling what God is not...

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