Armand-Pierre Caussin de Perceval (1795-1871)

French orientalist and professor of Arabic at the Collège de France, most famous for his tri-volumed work named the “Essai sur l’histoire des Arabes avant l’Islamisme, pendant l’époque de Mahomet”

“The issue of the Qur’an’s revelation is even difficult to rule upon. Researchers and academics find themselves at a complete loss while attempting to rationally explain how an unlettered man could have been able to bring forth such a message. People of the East generally agree that the Qur’an’s verses represent such an utter masterpiece that men are unable to imitate or replicate them in terms of linguistic structure or meaning. These are verses that astonished the likes of ‘Aqabah ibn Rabi’h, (the famous Arab poet contemporary to the advent of Islam), and even instigated the conversion of staunch opponents such as ‘Umar. When Ja’far ibn Abitalib recited them in front of the Ethiopian emperor Najashi (Negus Ashama ibn Abjar) the latter broke into tears, until his face and beard had become completely wet.”

l’Islam, impressions et ‘etude; Sincerite de Mahomet, pg. 38; Paris, Armand Colin, 1907