Being the report of an extempore address delivered at South Place Chapel, Finsbury, on Sunday afternoon, January 6th, 1889. Woking The Oriental Nobility Institute 1889
First edition, pp.36. Bound in rather worn contemporary cloth, spine defective. Title page soiled, and with small hole at edge. Text clean and in very good condition. Ownership signature of G.J. Holyoake on title.
Leitner was a remarkable Anglo-Hungarian orientalist who became Principal of Government College, Lahore in 1864, and secured its upgrading to the University of the Punjab. On his return to England he founded the Oriental Institute in Woking in 1883. Leitner knew Arabic, and in 1854 "learnt considerable portions of the Koran by heart", in a mosque-school in Istanbul. The text of this defence of Muhammadanism first appeared in Time, and was printed in this form with 6 additional letters a month or two later to coincide with the opening of the Shah Jehan Mosque in Woking.