The Azhar Book is a Bene Gesserit compilation of religious and bibliographic information. Supposedly it preserves the great secrets of the most ancient faiths.
It was a bibliographic marvel that preserved the great secrets of the most ancient faiths, even before the Orange Catholic Bible. The creation of the Azhar Book is also attributed to the Bene Gesserit.
History[edit | edit source]
- "Manual of 'The Friendly Desert,' the place full of life. Here are the ayat and burhan of Life. Believe, and al-Lat shall never burn you."
- ―Fremkit manual
- "It is with reason and terrible experience that we call the pre-born Abomination. For who knows what lost and damned persona out of our evil past may take over the living flesh?"
- ―Azhar Book
Paul Atreides and the Azhar Book[edit | edit source]
Paul "Muad'Dib" Atreides said words traced back to ancient texts of the Azhar Book:
- Muad'Dib: "Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future."
- C.E.T. Commentaries: Identical wording. (The Azhar Book traces this statement to the first century religious writer, Neshou; through a paraphrase.)
- Muad'Dib: "If a child, an untrained person, an ignorant person, or an insane person incites trouble, it is the fault of authority for not predicting and preventing that trouble."
- O.C. Bible: "Any sin can be ascribed, at least in part, to a natural bad tendency that is an extenuating circumstance acceptable to God." (The Azhar Book traces this to the ancient Semitic Tawra.)
- Muad'Dib: "Reach forth thy hand and eat what God has provided thee; and when thou are replenished, praise the Lord."
- O.C. Bible: a paraphrase with identical meaning. (The Azhar Book traces this in slightly different form to First Islam.)
Contents[edit | edit source]
- It is with reason and terrible experience that we call the pre-born Abomination. For who knows what lost and damned persona out of our evil past may take over the living flesh?
- The one-eyed view of our universe says you must not look far afield for problems. Such problems may never arrive. Instead, tend to the wolf within your fences. The packs ranging outside may not even exist.
— The Azhar Book; Shamra I:4 (Children of Dune)