• Muhammad was a prince; he rallied his compatriots around him. In a few years, the Muslims conquered half of the world. They plucked more souls from false gods, knocked down more idols, razed more pagan temples in fifteen years than the followers of Moses and Jesus did in fifteen centuries. Muhammad was a great man. He would indeed have been a god, if the revolution that he had performed had not been prepared by the circumstances.

    "Campagnes d'Egypte et Syrie", Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, (p. 275), translated by John Tolan in "European Accounts of Muhammad's Life", 1998.