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CHAPTER I. RELIGION.
Articles of Faith—Predestination—Ritual and Moral Laws: prayer, almsgiving, fasting, pilgrimage, etc.—Civil Laws: marriage, divorce, inheritance, manumission—Criminal Laws: murder, retaliation, theft, etc.—Religious Festivals
CHAPTER II. DEMONOLOGY.
Angels and Jinn (Genii)—Various kinds of Jinn—Preadamite Jinn—History of Iblees—Long life of the Jinn and manner of death; assumed shapes—A Jinneeyeh wife—Spirits of the whirlwind and waterspout—Abodes of the Jinn—Solomon's power over them—Ghools and other inferior orders
CHAPTER III. SAINTS.
Welees and their K?ut?bs—El-Khid?r and Elias—Miracles—Influence—Self-denial and asceticism—Two authentic saints—General habits—A historical saint—Pilgrimage to the tombs—Annual festivals—A Zikr performed by Darweeshes—A Khatmeh—Religious murder
CHAPTER IV. MAGIC.
Spiritual magic, divine or Satanic—Babel—Hároot and Mároot—Enchantment—Divination—Astrology—Geomancy—Auguration— Chiromancy—Omens—Dreams—A dream of the Great Plague, 1835—Lucky and unlucky days—Natural magic—Alchymy—The magician S?ádoomeh and his miracles
The seven Heavens—Paradise—Form and divisions of the earth—The Sea of Darkness—Fountain of Life—Mountains of K?áf—The lower earths—What the earth stands on—The stages of Hell
The Heroic Age—´Okád?h—The K?ur-án—The Middle Age—Corrupt dialects—´Abd-el-Melik—Hároon Er-Rasheed and Abu-l´Atáhiyeh—The Barmekees—Dresses of honour—Two items in Hároon's account book—Rewards to poets—H?ammád's good fortune—Reception of Greek ambassadors by a Khaleefeh—A niggardly king outwitted—The decline of Arabian literature—Letters—The language of flowers, and emblematical conversation—Secret signs—El-Mutanebbee's warning—The language of birds and beasts
FEASTING AND MERRYMAKING.
Muslim meals and mode of eating—Principal dishes—A typical feast—Public dinners—Clean and unclean meats—Drinks—Hospitality—Bread and salt—A thief thwarted—An [xv]Arabian room—A hall or saloon—The use of wine—Date wine, etc.—Prevalence of the habit of drinking wine in the present day and in history—A bout interrupted—Moderate drinking—Effects of wine—´Abd-el-Melik and his slave—Preparations for a banquet—Fruits—A rose-lover—Favourite flowers—Music—Ibráheem El-Mós?ilee and Hároon Er-Rasheed—Ish?ák? El-Mós?ilee—Mukhárik?—Performers—Unveiled women singers—Arab music—Lyric songs—Other amusements—The Bath—Hunting and hawking
CHILDHOOD AND EDUCATION.
Ceremonies at birth, and on the seventh day—Giving the name—Sacrifice—Shaving the head—Suckling—Care of children—Evil eye—Respect for parents—The future state of children who die young—Early education of the father—Circumcision—Schools and teaching—Private tuition—Education of girls—Arab character
Love among Arabs—Three tales of true love—Umm-´Amr—The ideal of beauty—Coiffure—Gait—Woman's counsel—Marriage and divorce—Laws and general habits—Choice of a wife—Prohibited degrees—Cousins preferred—Ages—A wife's qualifications—Dowry—Marriage contract—Festivities and ceremonies of marriage—Wedding horoscopes—Employment of the h?areem—Polygamy and the Muslim social system in general—Affection between wives
Conditions, rights, and disabilities of slaves—Emancipation—White slaves—Treatment—The Prophet's injunctions—´Othmán's compunction—Jaa?far's wife
CEREMONIES OF DEATH.
Last duties—Washing—Grave-clothes—Funeral—Sacrifice—Biers—The tomb—Preparing for the examining angels—Visits to the grave—State of the soul