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Arabia: The Cradle of Islam


Fleming H. Revell 1900

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After spending nine years in what is now Yemen and Saudi Arabia, Samuel M. Zwemer traces the spiritual as well as the physical geography of Arabia by showing how Islam grew out of the earlier Judaism, Sabeanism, and Christianity. Written from a missionary standpoint, Zwemer’s work paints a clear portrait of life in Arabia at the turn of the twentieth century.

Nicknamed the “Apostle to Islam,” for nearly 40 years Samuel M. Zwemer lived and worked in the Middle East, preaching the Gospel of Jesus and training hundreds of missionaries. Founder and editor of The Moslem World, Zwemer—familiar with the land, language, and people of Islam—provided a window into a growing religion and culture that few Westerners knew. Zwemer’s legacy as one of the finest Christian scholars of Islam is still recognized today.

In the Logos edition, all Scripture passages in Arabia: The Cradle of Islam are tagged and appear on mouse-over. What’s more, Scripture references are linked to the wealth of language resources in your Logos library. If you own the English and Arabic Qur’an, you can follow along with Zwemer in his analysis of Islamic doctrine and his studies comparing Islam to Christianity. This makes these texts more powerful and easier to access than ever before for scholarly work or personal Bible study.

Key Features

  • Traces spiritual and physical geography of Arabia
  • Examines Islam’s religious roots
  • Presents a missionary’s perspective


  • The Neglected Peninsula
  • The Geographical Divisions of Arabia
  • The Holy Land of Arabia—Mecca
  • The Holy Land of Arabia—Medina
  • Aden and an Inland Journey
  • Yemen: the Switzerland of Arabia
  • The Unexplored Regions of Hadramaut
  • Muscat and the Coastlands of Oman
  • The Land of the Camel
  • The Pearl Islands of the Gulf
  • The Eastern Threshold of Arabia
  • The River-Country and the Date-Palm
  • The Cities and Villages of Turkish-Arabia
  • A Journey Down the Euphrates
  • The Interior—Known and Unknown
  • “The Time of Ignorance”
  • Islam in its Cradle—The Moslem’s God
  • The Prophet and His Book
  • The Wahabi Rulers and Reformers
  • The Rulers of Oman
  • The Story of the Turks in Arabia
  • British Influence in Arabia
  • Present Politics in Arabia
  • The Arabic Language
  • The Literature of the Arabs
  • The Arab
  • Arabian Arts and Sciences
  • The Star—Worshippers of Mesopotamia
  • Early Christianity in Arabia
  • The Dawn of Modern Arabian Missions
  • Ion Keith Falconer and the Aden Mission
  • Bishop French the Veteran Missionary to Muscat
  • The American Arabian Mission
  • In Memoriam
  • Problems of the Arabian Field
  • The Outlook for Missions to Muslims

Praise for the Print Edition

He writes full and graphically of the country, the people and their religion, and the missionary work.

The Spirit of Missions

The comprehensive scope of the volume covers a wide range of interest, scientific and commercial, historical and literary, sociological, religious.


Product Details

  • Title: Arabia: The Cradle of Islam
  • Author: Samuel M. Zwemer
  • Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 436

About Samuel M. Zwemer

Samuel Marinus Zwemer (1867–1952) was born in Vriesland, Michigan and educated at Hope College, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Muskingham College, and Rutgers College. Zwemer served as a missionary in the Middle East from 1891–1929 where he earned his nickname “The Apostle to Islam.” In 1929, he was appointed professor of missions and professor of the history of religion at Princeton Theological Seminary. He retired from Princeton College Seminary at the age of 70.

Zwemer was the founder and edited The Moslem World for 35 years and the author of dozens of books, articles, essays, and periodicals—mostly revolving around missionary work and Islam.

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