Reginald Bosworth Smith (1839-1908)

A British scholar and author

“By a fortune absolutely unique in history, Mohammed is a threefold founder of a nation, of an empire, and of a religion. Illiterate himself, scarcely able to read or write, he was yet the author of a book which is a poem, a code of laws, a Book of Common Prayer, and a Bible in one, and is reverenced to this day by a sixth of the whole human race as a miracle of purity of style, of wisdom, and of truth. It was the one miracle claimed by Mohammed — his ‘standing miracle ‘ he called it; and a miracle indeed it is.”

Mohammed and Mohammedanism – Lectures at the Royal Institute of Great Britain, R. Bosworth Smith, pg 237; Smith, Elder & Co. London, 1874