An Account Of The Manners And Customs Of The Modern Egyptians [NOOK Book]


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An Account Of The Manners And Customs Of The Modern Egyptians

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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 everyday life at a time when European influences had not yet permeated the society. Originally part of a larger project to be called Description of Egypt, the first edition of this work appeared in 1836 and explored every aspect of life in 19th-century Egypt, from government to beliefs. A second edition in 1837 was basically a reprint of the first, while the fifth in 1860 was the final revision prepared by Lane himself, the culmination of four decades of research and scholarship. A posthumous edition, published in 1895, was based not on this definitive fifth, but on the third edition, with many significant omissions. The American University in Cairo Press has fortuitously reprinted the 1860 edition of this classic of Middle Eastern studies, respected equally by both Western and Egyptian scholars. The introduction by Jason Thompson provides the full bibliographical and biographical context, and Lane himself produced the 131 line drawings. Highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940017783719
  • Publisher: Murray, John Publishers, Limited
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1860 volume
  • File size: 903 KB

Meet the Author

Edward William Lane (1801-76), a name known to almost everyone in all the many fields of Middle East studies, was the author of a number of highly influential works: An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians (1836), his translation of The Thousand and One Nights (1839-41), Selections from the Kur-an (1843), and the Arabic-English Lexicon (1863-93). In 2000, his long-forgotten manuscript Description of Egypt was published for the first time by the AUC Press.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Author's Preface
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Introduction: The Country and Climate - Metropolis - Houses - Population 1
Ch. I Personal Characteristics, and Dress, of the Muslim Egyptians 25
Ch. II Infancy and Early Education 53
Ch. III Religion and Laws 64
Ch. IV Government 110
Ch. V Domestic Life (Men of the Higher and Middle Orders) 132
Ch. VI Domestic Life - continued (Women of the Higher and Middle Orders) 155
Ch. VII Domestic Life - continued (The Lower Orders) 192
Ch. VIII Common Usages of Society 198
Ch. IX Language, Literature, and Science 207
Ch. X Superstitions (Genii, Saints, and Darweeshes) 222
Ch. XI Superstitions - continued (Charms, and Auguration) 247
Ch. XII Magic, Astrology, and Alchymy 263
Ch. XIII Character 276
Ch. XIV Industry 307
Ch. XV Use of Tobacco, Coffee, Hemp, Opium, &c 331
Ch. XVI The Bath 336
Ch. XVII Games 344
Ch. XVIII Music 353
Ch. XIX Public Dancers 377
Ch. XX Serpent-Charmers, and Performers of Legerdemain Tricks, &c 383
Ch. XXI Public Recitations of Romances 391
Ch. XXII Public Recitations of Romances - continued 400
Ch. XXIII Public Recitations of Romances - continued 414
Ch. XXIV Periodical Public Festivals, &c. (Those of the first three months of the Muslim year.) 426
CH. XXV Periodical Public Festivals, &c. - continued. (Those of the fourth and following months of the Muslim year.) 457
Ch. XXVI Periodical Public Festivals, &c. - continued. (Those of the Solar year.) 488
Ch. XXVII Private Festivities, &c 500
Ch. XXVIII Death, and Funeral Rites 511
I The Copts 529
II The Jews of Egypt 553
III Of late Innovations in Egypt 557
App. A Female Ornaments 560
App. B Egyptian Measures, Weights, and Moneys 571
App. C Household Expenditure in Cairo 574
App. D Prayer of Muslim School-Boys 575
App. E Directions for the Treatment of Dysentery and Ophthalmia 576
App. F
Editor's Notes 577
Index 599
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