Travels In The Interior Of Africa - Volume 2 of 2 - By Mungo Park

 -   These Jews, in dress and appearance, very much resemble
the Arabs; but though they so far conform to the religion - Page 6
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These Jews, In Dress And Appearance, Very Much Resemble The Arabs; But Though They So Far Conform To The Religion

Of Mohammed as to recite in public prayers from the Koran, they are but little respected by the negroes; and

Even the Moors themselves allowed that, though I was a Christian, I was a better man than a Jew. They however insisted that, like the Jews, I must conform so far as to repeat the Mohammedan prayers; and when I attempted to waive the subject by telling them that I could not speak Arabic, one of them, a shereef from Tuat, in the Great Desert, started up and swore by the Prophet that if I refused to go to the mosque, he would be one that would assist in carrying me thither; and there is no doubt that this threat would have been immediately executed had not my landlord interposed on my behalf. He told them that I was the king's stranger, and he could not see me ill-treated whilst I was under his protection. He therefore advised them to let me alone for the night, assuring them that in the morning I should be sent about my business. This somewhat appeased their clamour, but they compelled me to ascend a high seat by the door of the mosque, in order that everybody might see me, for the people had assembled in such numbers as to be quite ungovernable, climbing upon the houses, and squeezing each other, like the spectators at an execution.

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