An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

Overview

Few works about the Middle East have exerted such wide and long-lasting influence as Edward William Lane's An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians. First published in 1836, this classic book has never gone out of print, continuously providing material and inspiration for generations of scholars, writers, and travelers, who have praised its comprehensiveness, detail, and perception. Yet the editions in print during most of the twentieth century would not have met Lane's approval. Lacking ...

See more details below
Paperback (Reprint)
$24.51
BN.com price
(Save 18%)$29.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (4) from $26.46   
  • New (3) from $26.46   
  • Used (1) from $34.65   
An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook - Digitized from 1871 volume)
FREE
This digital version does not exactly match the physical book displayed here.
Marketplace
BN.com

All Available Formats & Editions

Overview

Few works about the Middle East have exerted such wide and long-lasting influence as Edward William Lane's An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians. First published in 1836, this classic book has never gone out of print, continuously providing material and inspiration for generations of scholars, writers, and travelers, who have praised its comprehensiveness, detail, and perception. Yet the editions in print during most of the twentieth century would not have met Lane's approval. Lacking parts of Lane's text and many of his original illustrations (while adding many that were not his), they were based on what should have been ephemeral editions, published long after the author's death. Meanwhile, the definitive fifth edition of 1860, the result of a quarter century of Lane's corrections, reconsiderations, and additions, long ago disappeared from bookstore shelves. Now the 1860 edition of Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians is available again, with a useful general introduction by Jason Thompson. Lane's greatest work enters the twenty-first century in precisely the form that he wanted.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789774165603
  • Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/15/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 620
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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.

Jason Thompson is currently a visiting professor at Bates College. He is the editor of Lane's Description of Egypt (AUC Press, 2000) and the author of A History of Egypt: From Earliest Times to the Present ( AUC Press, 2008) and Edward William Lane, 1801-76 ( AUC Press, 2010).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Author's Preface
Advertisement to the Third Edition
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
Supplement
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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)