kingdom, shall be utterly overthrown.
The believing and pious Mahometan
has as much humane feeling as any highlycivilized and moral European; he is perhaps more strict and rigorous to himself, believing in the ubiquity of the Lord, who made the laws, and carrying the firm conviction to the grave that his good acts and his bad will by and by meet with just retribution (149).
Unto whom I answered, that I was neither unbeleever nor Mahometan
, but a Christian.
This was a principled position: later in his Autobiography he made it clear that his thinking included "the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mahometan
, the Hindoo, and infidel of every denomination.
There the Jew, the Mahometan
, and the Christian transact together as tho' they all professed the same religion and give the name of Infidel to none but bankrupts.
Twenty men and women out of these prisoners, with one renegade Mahometan
, were ordered to be burned; fifty Jews and Jewesses, having never before been imprisoned, were sentenced to a long confinement, and to wear a yellow cap; and ten others, indicted for bigamy, witchcraft and other crimes, were sentenced to be whipped and then sent to the galleys; these last wore large pasteboard caps, with inscriptions on them, having a halter about their necks, and torches in their hands.
But it is tempting to do so precisely because the Emersonian or Transcendentalist sensibility has become so pervasive: "Can any one doubt," Emerson asked in a lecture in 1862, "that if the noblest saint among the Buddhists, the best Mahometan
, the highest Stoic of Athens, the purest and wisest Christian .
And yet somehow it suggested irreverent thoughts; it has to my fancy--perhaps on account of the lattice--an Oriental, a Mahometan
Can any one doubt that if the noblest saint among the Buddhists, the noblest Mahometan
, the highest Stoic in Athens, the purest & wisest Christian, Menu in India, Confucius in China, Spinoza in Holland, could some where meet & converse together, they would find themselves denounced by their own sects, & sustained by these believed adversaries of their sects.
In his autobiography, Jefferson explained that "they meant to comprehend within the mantle of its protection the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan
(Muslim), the Hindoo and infidel of every denomination.
The Royal Exchange, he wrote in Letters Concerning the English Nation, was a "place more venerable than many courts of justice, where the Jew, the Mahometan
, and the Christian transact together as tho' they all profess'd the same religion, and give the name of Infidel to none but bankrupts.
belonging to a supposed Turkish or Barbarian Castle of Tunis, Algiers, or some other Mahometan