published in Life and Light for Woman, 42:1, page 13 Boston: Woman's Board of Missions, 1912-01
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This leads to another point about Islam. There are very many sects
or denominations among them and much historic dispute lies behind them.
It is imperative to know about the particular kind of Moslem with which
one deals, as almost any statement made about a given Moslem might be
contradicted from acquaintance with some other sect or development of
Islam. For example the Moslems of Turkey and those of Persia are
bitterly hostile to each other in a number of points which may lead to
fatal results in the very city of Mecca where pilgrims of both countries
meet. Or further how different would be a member of the ancient party
of Assassins or of the modern Babists, or a brother of Es Senussi and a
member of the Young Turkish party. Yet these would all be reckoned
The nearest Moslem effect upon Americans is the Babist or Bahaist
movement which claims the devotion of a number of American women.
The leader of this new movement is a Persian who has lived at times in
Haifa or Acre, in Syria, and who is called the Bab or the door, presumably
to God or truth. His very humane code is beautiful and a number of
women of our country are his devotees. It is for the women of America
to decide whether the religious and social spirit of our land shall be
genuinely Christian or whether it shall follow some non-Christian ideal.