- Title Pages
- Edward William Lane and
- Editor's Preface
- Author's Preface
- Advertisement To the Third Edition
- The Modern Egyptians
- Chapter 1 Personal Characteristics, and Dress, of the Muslim Egyptians
- Chapter 2 Infancy and Early Education.
- Chapter 3 Religion and Laws.
- Chapter 4 Government.1
- Chapter 5 Domestic Life
- Chapter 6 DOMESTIC LIFE —continued.
- Chapter 7 DOMESTIC LIFE —continued.
- Chapter 8 Common Usages of Society
- Chapter 9 Language, Literature, and Science
- Chapter 10 Superstitions
- Chapter 11 SUPERSTITIONS—continued
- Chapter 12 Magic, Astrology, and Alchymy
- Chapter 13 Character
- Chapter 14 Industry
- Chapter 15 Use of Tobacco, Coffee, Hemp, Opium, Etc.
- Chapter 16 The Bath
- Chapter 17 Games
- Chapter 18 Music
- Chapter 19 Public Dancers
- Chapter 20 Serpent‐Charmers, and Performers of Legerdemain Tricks, &c.
- Chapter 21 Public Recitations of Romances
- Chapter 22 Public Recitations of Romances—continued
- Chapter 23 Public Recitations of Romances—continued
- Chapter 24 Periodical Public Festivals, & c.
- Chapter 25 Periodical Public Festivals, & c.—continued
- Chapter 26 Periodical Public Festivals, & c.—continued.
- Chapter 27 Private Festivities, & c.
- Chapter 28 Death, and Funeral Rites
- Appendix A Female Ornaments
- Appendix B Egyptian Measures, Weights, and Moneys
- Appendix C Household Expenditure in Cairo
- Appendix D Prayer of Muslim School‐Boys
- Appendix E Directions for the Treatment of Dysentery and Ophthalmia
- Appendix F Editor Notes
- (p.213) Chapter 11 SUPERSTITIONS—continued
- An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians
Edward William Lane
- American University in Cairo Press
This chapters looks at the various written charms—such as certain passages from the Quran or the names of God—that were worn, engraved, or hung up, as well as the rituals to protect against disease, misfortune, and the jinn. The most common was to protect against the evil eye—cowrie shells, alum, and mixtures of herbs and salts, were commonly used. Other practices were also used to cure sickness or disability, and this chapter describes the systems and beliefs used to determine the course of action. It ends with a run down on which days of the week are considered ‘fortunate’ and auspicious.
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