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An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians$
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Edward William Lane

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165603

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165603.001.0001

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Superstitions

Superstitions

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(p.189) Chapter 10 Superstitions
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An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians
Author(s):

Edward William Lane

Jason Thompson

Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165603.003.0010

This chapter opens with a statement that Egyptians hold the most superstitions of all Arabs, with much of it stemming from religious belief, claiming the most prominent example to be that of the jinn. It discusses the types of jinn believed to exist and how they behave, where belief in them comes from and where they are thought to come from, as well how people generally fear and seek to keep avoid them. It then turns to the questions of saints, looking at what authority they hold, how they gain this status, and the stories that are told about them. It also looks at the veneration of deceased famous saints, such as Sayyida Zeinab, and the mulids held for their birthdays. Finally, this chapter discusses darwishes—the different orders, their religious practices and performances, and their backgrounds.

Keywords:   Superstitions, Jinn, Saints, Mulids, Darwishes, Religious practices

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