Kitāb Masālik Wa Mamālik

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Wilson, 1800 - Egypt - 327 pages
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Page 186 - And this king has under him nine magistrates or judges : these are Mussulmans, Jews, Christians, and Idolaters. The smallest in number of the inhabitants of this country are the Jews ; the greatest in number are the Mussulmans and Christians : but the king and his chief officers are Jews. There are magistrates of each religion ; and when they sit in the tribunal of justice, they are obliged to report to the king all that passes, and to bring back his answer and opinion, and to put his sentence into...
Page 235 - ... opportunities of performing kind offices for the stranger ; and the best proof of their hospitable and generous disposition is, that every peasant, though possessing but a bare sufficiency, allows a portion of his cottage for the reception of his guest. Thus, in acts of hospitality they expend their incomes. Never have I heard of such things in any other country. The rich and great lords of most other places expend their treasures on particular favourites, in the indulgence of gross appetites,...
Page 190 - Khozr dies, whoever passes near his tomb goes on foot, and pays his respects at the grave ; and when he is departing, must not mount on horseback, as long as the tomb is within view. " So absolute is the authority of this sovereign, and so implicitly are his commands obeyed, that if it seemed expedient to him that one of his nobles should die, and if he said to him, ' Go and kill yourself ', the man would immediately go to his house, and kill himself accordingly. The succession to the Khacanship...
Page 4 - I have not described the country of the African blacks and the other peoples of the torrid zone: because naturally loving wisdom, ingenuity, religion, justice and regular government, how could I notice such people as these, or magnify them by inserting an account of their countries.
Page 42 - Ghouteh. It extends about one merhileh by two. There is not, in all Syria, a more delightful place. There is a bridge in the midst of the city of...
Page 236 - Bokhara, and cast his eyes around, he shall not see any thing but beautiful green and luxuriant verdure on every side of the country : so that he would imagine the green of the earth and the azure of the heavens -were united : And as there are green fields in every quarter, so there are villas interspersed among the green fields.
Page 189 - Khozr does not produce, such as tapestry or curtains, honey, candles, and similar articles. The people of Khozr have not materials for making garments or clothes : they therefore import them from Gurkan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Roum. Their king is styled the Khacan of Khozr. " When a prince is to be raised to the Khacanship, they bring him forth, and tie a piece of silk about his throat, so tight that he can scarcely draw his breath. At that moment they ask him, how long he will hold the sovereignty...
Page 234 - When a traveller arrives there, every person endeavours to attract him to himself, that he may have opportunities of performing kind offices for the stranger; and the best proof of their hospitable and generous disposition...
Page 186 - Khozrians (Christians), and idolaters ; but his principal people are Jews : and this king has twelve thousand soldiers in his service, of whom when one dies, another person is immediately chosen into his place ; and they have no other commander but him. And this king has under him nine magistrates or judges : these are Mussulmans, Jews, Christians, and Idolaters.
Page 76 - These the people held in great veneration, and in time of distress of famine through drought, they brought them out and prayed for rain. Abou Mousa al Ashari ordered this coffin to be brought, and three coverings or lids to be made for it ; the first or outside...

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