his being like the Messiah? He answered : u What " the mother said, is the truth,"1 SECTION II. — ON THE DISPUTE OF THE PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT RELIGIONS. In the service of the khalifah were two learned persons, the one a Sonnite, and the other a Shiah, who both sought admittance at court. The empe- ror called them, and by their desire in his presence they endeavored to establish the truth of their re- spective religions. The Shiah said : " It is evident " that the Sonnites are without faith, because they " do not acknowledge the prophet's purity, and say " that David caused Uria to be killed." The Son- nite replied: " This fact is equally mentioned in the " Koran and in the Tourit, ' Pentateuch/ explicitly " and circumstantially." A Jew was present, and affirmed:c' It is certainly in the Pentateuch." Upon which the Shiah rejoined: " The Pentateuch is al- " tered." The Jew retorted: " We may as well, "'and with a better right, say that your book is " altered, whilst there is no reason to be urged that t4 the Pentateuch is corrupted." The Shiah had 1 The author does not mention any particular miracle, which we had reason to expect from the preceding title of this section.