Travels in Palestine and Syria, Volume 2

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H. Colburn, 1837 - Palestine
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Page 168 - Shall we sow for strangers?" was the answer of a Fellah, to whom I once spoke on the subject...
Page 441 - 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...
Page 383 - When the traveller," says he, " penetrates the interior of these mountains, the ruggedness of the roads, the steepness of the declivities, the depth of the precipices, have at first a terrific effect ; but the sagacity of the mules which bear him soon inspires him with confidence, and enables him to examine at his ease the picturesque scenes which succeed one another, so as almost to bewilder him. There, as in the Alps, he sometimes travels whole days to arrive at a spot which was in sight when he...
Page 259 - This city was once famous for the manufacture of sabres, which appear to have been made of thin lamina; of steel and iron welded together so as to unite great flexibility with a keen edge. The art of making them is lost, since Tamerlane carried off the artizans to Persia.
Page 198 - ... The Arab tribes are in a state of almost perpetual war against each other ; it seldom happens that a tribe enjoys a moment of general peace with all its neighbours, yet the war between two tribes is scarcely ever of long duration ; peace is easily made, but again broken upon the slightest pretence. The Arab warfare is that of partisans ; general battles are rarely fought : to surprise the enemy by a sudden attack, and to plunder a camp, are chief objects of both parties. This is the reason why...
Page 6 - Christians again captured it, and it was frequently ravaged during the crusades. Subsequently it fell into the hands of the Druses, from whom it was taken by the Turks, who still retain possession of it. It is the ancient Berytus.
Page 384 - There, as in the Alps, he sometimes travels whole days to arrive at a spot which was in sight when he set out. He turns, he descends, he winds round, he climbs ; and under this perpetual change of position, one is ready to think that a magical power is varying at every step the beauties of the landscape.
Page 317 - Turkoman women are very laborious ; . . . they work the tent-coverings of goats' hair, and the woollen carpets, which are inferior only to those of Persian manufacture. Their looms are of primitive simplicity ; they do not make use of the shuttle, but pass the woof with their hands.
Page 278 - Haouran, and its neighbourhood, when they encamp near and among the villages, while in the more northern country, towards Horns and Hamah, they mostly keep at a certain distance from the inhabited grounds. In these parts, they spend the whole summer seeking pasture and water, purchase in autumn, their winter provision of wheat and barley, and return after the first rains into the interior of the desert. They are the only true, bedouin nation of Syria, the other tribes in the neighbourhood of this...
Page 13 - that we would worship, as our god, the image of au animal whose flesh we eat, and of whose skin we make our shoes ?" Schools are pretty frequent. The Akkals are generally the masters ; and are paid by their pupils. They teach reading and writing. The book generally used as an exercise for the children, is the korau. In some villages, where the only schools are those of the Christians, the Druses send their children thither, where they are taught to read the Psalms of David.

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