they are thus confirmed in their belief as to the strength of their position.
2. I have tried to arrange Muhammadan objections as simply and clearly as possible, indicating
the line of argument which I think the best to adopt in answering them. I most gratefully
acknowledge my indebtedness to those missionaries and others who have kindly, in compliance with my
request, communicated to me the objections they have actually had to meet, and have suggested what
seemed to them the best answers to give. I have endeavoured to thank all such by letter, but trust
they will permit me to do so here also. It has not been possible, of course, to accept the very
words of such suggestions in every case, but I think they will be found to have been carefully
considered. Sometimes an optional answer to a difficulty has been given in order that I might avail
myself of such valuable hints and advice.
3. The C. M. S. Committee have expressed their desire that I should as far as possible abstain
from quoting authorities 1 at any length. I have therefore merely referred my readers to
books where they will find the authority for my statements, when this seemed really necessary. Hence
too I have not quoted the Qur'anic passages in the original