I have occasionally wondered whether Frank Herbert might have been influenced by Eric Frank Russell.

In The Great Explosion, reference is made to

followers of a crank named Kassim who tried to unite Mohammedanism and Buddhism by claiming to be the reincarnation of the Prophet of Allah

It is noted that

The Moslem world gave them a rough time until they emigrated.

If I remember correctly, The Great Explosion was published shortly before Dune. Is there any evidence that this notion might have influenced Herbert when he created his Buddhislamic and Zensunni faiths?


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