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L. Sprague De Camp, quoted in Avram Davidson, Adventures in Unhistory p. 9

The Arab storytellers could likewise point to a scientific book by one of their own people, which had ... great authority among them. Its author, Mahmud al-Qazwini, is now chiefly remembered for his remark that the greatness of Allah can be deduced from the fact that he [sic] lets the rain fall only on fruitful land and not on the desert where nothing would grow anyway.

Without having the desire or knowledge required to track the quote down, it would not surprise me at all were it a sly joke in the original (and a good one too). Al-Qazwini sounds very interesting.


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