The Present State of Turkey; Or, A Description of the Political, Civil, and Religious Constitution, Government, and Laws, of the Ottoman Empire ;: The Fiances ... Together with the Geographical, Political, and Civil, State of the Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia. From Observations Made During a Residence of Fifteen Years ...

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Joseph Mawman, 1807 - Turkey - 436 pages
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Page 48 - Galen are studied by those who have improved their discoveries and corrected their errors; but if we except the inimitable Lucian, this age of indolence passed away without having produced a single writer of original genius, or who excelled in the arts of elegant composition.
Page 361 - Guido or Titian, — and most of their skins shiningly white, only adorned by their beautiful hair divided into many tresses, hanging on their shoulders, braided either with pearl or ribbon, perfectly representing the figures of the Graces.
Page 283 - is full of mechanics and slaves, who are all of them profound theologians ; and preach in the shops, and in the streets. If you desire a man to change a piece of silver, he informs you wherein the Son differs from the Father; if you ask the price of a loaf, you are told, by way of reply, that the Son is inferior to the Father ; and if you inquire whether the bath is ready, the answer is, that the Son was made out of nothing.
Page 285 - Mahomet is free from suspicion or ambiguity ; and the Koran is a glorious testimony to the unity of God. The prophet of Mecca rejected the worship of idols and men, of stars and planets, on the rational principle, that whatever rises must set, that whatever is born must die, that whatever is corruptible must decay and perish...
Page iv - ... he who tells nothing exceeding the bounds of probability, has a right to demand that they should believe him who cannot contradict it.
Page 260 - God is great. I bear witness that there is no God but God. I bear witness that there is no God but God.
Page 76 - ... of their former heroes, they would doubtless display energies of mind, which the iron hand of despotism has long kept dormant and inert. It is rather astonishing that they have retained so much energy of character, and are not more debased ; for like noble coursers, they champ the bit and spurn indignantly the yoke ; when once freed from this, they will enter the course of glory.
Page 358 - I retired through the same ceremonies as before, and could not help thinking I had been some time in Mahomet's paradise, so much was I charmed with what I had seen.
Page 341 - Upon the whole, I look upon the Turkish women as the only free people in the empire...
Page 378 - The girls were introduced to him one after another. A Circassian maiden, eighteen years old, was the first who presented herself: she was well dressed, and her face was covered with a veil. She advanced towards the German, bowed down, and kissed his hand. By order of her master, she walked backwards and forwards in the chamber to show her shape, and the easiness of her gait and carriage ; her foot was small, and her gesture agreeable. — When she took off her veil, she displayed a bust of the most...

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