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Another portion of their reformist identity derived from the assertion that they revered the Holy Prophet and followed his authoritative example.
The somewhat incoherent plan of the work does not lessen its value as the first authoritative example of a comparative study of social institutions; it also, by implication, exposed grave abuses in the French monarchy and defects in contemporary civilization.
These codices are not only "early and authoritative examples of a closely controlled text of the Bible .