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The new religion had equipped the quondam Mekkans with qualities unknown to the Arabs discipline and contempt for death. Mohamed had inculcated discipline by repeated mobilized. " The This was the refrain of for discipline was by the practice of death, on the other hand, was of paradise which temptingly call perfected for the faith. " Obey God many a sura. " From the earliest times the Yathribites had been exposed to the attacks and incursions of the Beduins and ; when foot, these attacked them on horseback they met them on or retired, in case of necessity, to fortified towns, of which there were many in the neighbourhood.
Dr Arnold's book should be more widely known, and Dr. Krehl's should be made accessible to those who know no German. CHAPTER ' III MUSLIM CONQUESTS WITH the death of the Prophet a question of extraordinary magnitude hitherto unthought of arose : the question of his successor. The need pressing in Medina for a controlling hand was so obviously that the necessity for a successor was not only not called into question but was affiwned and emphasized without challenge. But difficult was the problem to fix thr principles on which the successor was to be appointed and, when appointed, to define precisely the limits of his power.
While the three successive months of the peace were reserved for religion, the- fourth was set apart for commerce. For thr one as for the other purpose the Beduins of Arabia came to the inhospitable but none the less easily accessible Hijaz for the from alike was accessible from the north, south, Hijaz and from the west. Every tribe, in its own territorial limits, had one or several holy stones, trees or springs sufficient to But as far back as memory satisfy its modest religious needs. ; can go, Hijaz has served as a meeting-place of many tribes, and as such the sacred things there have borne the same rela- ARABIA BEFORE ISLAM 13 tion as local things do to This may well things national.