An account of the manners and customs of the modern Egyptians, Volumen1


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Página 105 - The other is, that they admit not their women to pray with them in public; that sex being obliged to perform their devotions at home, or if they visit the mosques, it must be at a time when the men are not there: for the Moslems are of opinion that their presence inspires a different kind of devotion from that which is requisite in a place dedicated to the worship of God.
Página 361 - ... cases in which the same magician has excited astonishment in the sober minds of Englishmen of my acquaintance. A short time since, after performing in the usual manner, by means of a boy, he prepared the magic mirror in the hand of a young English lady, who, on looking into it for a little while, said that she saw a broom sweeping the ground without anybody holding it, and was so much frightened that she would look no longer.
Página xix - Jt is surrounded by a wall, the gates of which are shut at night, and is commanded by a large citadel, situated at an angle of the town, near a point of the mountain. The streets are unpaved ; and most of them are narrow and irregular : they might more properly be called lanes.
Página 312 - Him from that which they [that is, the unbelievers] ascribe to Him" (namely, the having a son, or a partaker of his godhead) ; and adds, " and peace be on the Apostles ; and praise be to God, the Lord of all creatures. O God, I have transferred the merit of what I have recited from the excellent Ckoor-a'n to the person to whom this place is dedicated," or —
Página 299 - ... with shreds of cloth of various colours attached to the top. Some of them eat straw, or a mixture of chopped straw and broken glass ; and attract observation by a variety of absurd actions.
Página 85 - Sirat. which they say is laid over the midst of hell, and described to be finer than a hair, and sharper than the edge of a sword...
Página 132 - If there be any debtor under a difficulty of paying his debt, let his creditor wait till it be easy for him to do it ; but if ye remit it as alms, it will be better for you, if ye knew it.
Página 86 - ... served in dishes of gold, whereof three hundred shall be set before him at once, containing each a different kind of food, the last morsel of which will be as grateful as the first...
Página 360 - This description would suit, supposing the person in question to be still confined to his bed, or if he be dead.* The boy described his face as covered ; and was told to order that it should be uncovered. This he did ; and then said, " His face is pale ; and he has mustaches, but no beard :" which is correct. Several other persons were successively called for; but the boy's descriptions of them were imperfect ; though not altogether incorrect.
Página 353 - ... magician first asked me for a reedpen and ink, a piece of paper, and a pair of scissors ; and having cut off a narrow strip of paper, wrote upon it certain forms of invocation, together with another charm, by which he professes to accomplish the object of the experiment. He did not attempt to conceal these ; and on my asking him to give me copies of them, he readily consented, and immediately wrote them for me, explaining to me, at the same time, that the object he had in view was accomplished...

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