An Account of the manners and customs of the modern Egyptians

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John Murray, 1860 - Egypt - 619 pages
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An account of the manners and customs of the modern Egyptians: the definitive 1860 edition

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A pioneering British anthropologist, Lane first went to Egypt in 1825, where he learned both classical and colloquial Arabic and began amassing and assessing his impressions and observations of ... Read full review

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Absolutely fascinating book full of detail and a real treasure to anyone interested in Egypt, Egyptians, Muslims or Islam.
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Page 57 - I testify that there is no deity but God, and I testify that Suleyman is the Prophet of God.
Page 272 - Frank dress, with his hand placed on his head, wearing spectacles, and with one foot on the ground and the other raised behind him, as if he were stepping down from a seat. The description was exactly true in every respect; the peculiar position of the hand was occasioned by an almost constant headache, and that of the foot or leg by a stiff knee, caused by a fall from a horse in hunting.
Page 92 - Ye are forbidden to eat that which dieth of itself, and blood, and swine's flesh, and that on which the name of any besides God hath been invocated; and that which hath been strangled, or killed by a blow, or by a fall, or by the horns of another beast, and that which hath been eaten by a wild beast, except what ye shall kill yourselves; and that which hath been sacrificed unto idols.
Page 173 - And speak unto the believing women, that they restrain their eyes, and preserve their modesty, and discover not their ornaments, except what necessarily appeareth thereof; and let them throw their veils over their bosoms, and not show their ornaments, unless to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husbands' fathers, or their sons, or their husbands' sons, or their brothers, or their brothers...
Page 330 - Hours" of the end of the fifteenth or the beginning of the sixteenth century...
Page 190 - Lane describes their food as consisting chiefly of " bread (made of millet or of maize), milk, new cheese, eggs, small salted fish, cucumbers and melons, and gourds of a* great variety of kinds, onions and leeks, beans, chick-peas, lupins, the fruit of the black egg-plant, lentils, etc., dates (both fresh and dried), and pickles...
Page 381 - As the serpent seeks the darkest place in which to hide himself, the charmer has, in most cases, to exercise his skill in an obscure chamber, where he might easily take...
Page 272 - On one of these occasions an Englishman present, ridiculed the performance, and said that nothing would satisfy him but a correct description of the appearance of his own father, of whom he was sure no one of the company had any knowledge. The boy accordingly having called by name for the person alluded to, described a man in a Frank dress...
Page 510 - While the women of the family raise the cries of lamentation, called " weTwefeh," or " wilwa'l," uttering the most piercing shrieks, and calling upon the name of the deceased. The most common cries that are heard on the death of the master of a family, from the lips of his wife, or wives, and children, are, " O my master I"
Page 11 - In the court is a well of slightly brackish water, which filters through the soil from the Nile; and on its most shaded side are commonly two water-jars, which are daily replenished with water of the Nile, brought from the river in skins.

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