An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians,: Written in Egypt During the Years 1833,-34, And-35, Partly from Notes Made During a Previous Visit to that Country in the Years 1825,-26,-27, And-28, Volume 2

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W. Clowes and sons, 14, Charing Cross] Charles Knight and Company, 22, Ludgate Street., 1836 - Egypt - 419 pages
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Page 368 - Small ones of iron are worn by many children. It was also a common custom among the Arabs for girls or young women to wear a string of bells on their feet. I have seen many little girls in Cairo with small round bells attached to their anklets. Perhaps it is to the sound of ornaments of this kind, rather than of the more common anklet, that Isaiah alludes
Page 254 - ... be reasonable; GOD is mighty and wise. And unto those who are divorced, a reasonable provision is also due ; this is a duty incumbent on those who fear GOD. Thus GOD declareth his signs unto you, that ye may understand. Hast thou not considered those, who left their habitations, (and they were thousands) for fear of death...
Page 114 - generally seats himself upon a small stool on the mastabah, or raised seat which is built against the front of the coffee-shop ; some of his auditors occupy the rest of that seat, others arrange themselves upon the mastabahs of the houses on the opposite side of the narrow street, and the rest sit upon stools or benches made of palm-sticks ; most of them with the pipe in hand, some sipping their coffee, and all highly amused, not only with the story, but also with the lively and dramatic manner of...
Page 286 - 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 303 - Moslems are my brothers ;' and when they ask thee concerning thy Kebla, say to them, ' the Caaba is my Kebla, and I have lived and died in the assertion that there is no deity but God, and Mahomet is God's apostle,' and they will say, ' Sleep, O servant of God, in the protection of God !' " — See Lane's Modern Egyptians, vol.
Page 196 - They next rose, and, standing in the same order in which they had been sitting, repeated the same words to another air. During this stage of their performance, they were joined by a tall, well-dressed, black slave, whose appearance induced me to inquire who he was : I was informed that he was a eunuch, belonging to the Bu'sha. The zikkee'rs, still standing, next repeated the same words in a very deep and hoarse tone ; laying the principal emphasis upon the word La...
Page 355 - The kurs, being of considerable weight, is at first painful to wear ; and women who are in the habit of wearing it complain of headache when they take it off ; hence they retain it day and night; but some have an inferior one for the bed. Some ladies have one for ordinary wearing ; another for particular occasions, a little larger and handsomer ; and a third merely to wear in bed.— The other kind of kurs,
Page 237 - These fulfil their vow, and dread the day, the evil whereof will disperse itself far abroad; and give food unto the poor, and the orphan, and the bondman, for his sake, saying, We feed you for God's sake only: we desire no recompense from you, nor any thanks: verily we dread, from our Lord, a dismal and calamitous day.
Page 195 - ... composed for this purpose, and intended only to have a spiritual sense (though certainly not understood in such a sense by the generality of the vulgar *) ; I cannot entertain any doubt as to the design of Solomon's Song. The specimens which I have just given of the religious love-songs of the Muslims have not been selected in preference to others as most agreeing with that of Solomon ; but as being in frequent use ; and the former of the two as having been sung at the zikr which I have begun...
Page 292 - The funeral procession of a man of wealth, or of the middle classes, is sometimes preceded by three or four or more camels, bearing bread and water to give to the poor at the tomb, and is composed of a more numerous and varied assemblage of persons.

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