John Davenport (1789-1877)
“In order properly to estimate the merits of the Koran, it should be considered that when the Prophet arose eloquence of expression and purity of diction were much cultivated, and that poetry and oratory were held in the highest estimation.
It was to the Koran so considered as a permanent miracle that Mohammed appealed as the chief confirmation of his mission, publicly challenging the most eloquent men in Arabia, then abounding with persons whose sole study and ambition it was to excel in elegance of style and composition, to produce even one single chapter that might compete therewith.”
An Apology for Mohammed and The Koran, John Davenport, pg. 65-66; Dryden Press, J. Davy & Sons, 1882