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That Perhaps to most of us, our conception of Persia depends upon whether we look at the floor or the shelves of our library; it may mean to us the land of the beauShiraz and Kermanshah rugs, or the land of Cyrus and Darius who dwell between the covers of a tiful volume of history. But whether it is the historic or the modern Persia, of which we think, the nation is of the same root and stock as the people of Iran and Media, who maintained their separate national existence for more than a thousand years, who resisted mighty Rome for a full century.
They have suffered probably more persecution from the Mohammedans than any other Christian body except the Armenians. Here, then, we have the same racial problem that — met with in all the countries of the Near East, a mixture of race blended with religion; but not reis ^ we think of it The Lure of Africa, page 45. ligion as in the West; it is religion that THE MINGLING OF MANY NATIONS has become as much 51 a part of the racial element as has complexion or language. Moslem Force in Time of War It was in the spring of 1917, in a coast city in Syria, that a building, once the property of the Sisters of Charity, was seized by the Turkish authorities and con- verted into a school for instruction in the making of There had been as in the art instructors rugs.
Intellectually, they rank very high, and they welcome every opportunity for education. The Syrians are largely an agricultural people, and their peasants are exceedingly industrious, although » The Riddle of Nearer Asia, Chapter VI. THE MINGLING OF MANY NATIONS 43 they show little ingenuity in developing efficient methods. They have a decided aptitude for commerce and, like their Phoenician forebears, they travel to parts of the earth in pursuit of trade. About two Mohammedans of thirds the ail Syrians are Orthodox the other third are identified with tlie Eastern Christian churches of which the Greek Ortho; dox and Maronite are the strongest.