- 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.<sup>1</sup>
- Chapter 5 Domestic Life
- Chapter 6 DOMESTIC LIFE <i>—continued.</i>
- Chapter 7 DOMESTIC LIFE <i>—continued.</i>
- Chapter 8 Common Usages of Society
- Chapter 9 Language, Literature, and Science
- Chapter 10 Superstitions
- Chapter 11 SUPERSTITIONS—<i>continued</i>
- 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
- Chapter 18 Music
- An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians
Edward William Lane
- American University in Cairo Press
Egyptians love music, although, as this chapter argues, it was seen as a distraction and not something serious. It explains that male musicians would usually sing and play an instrument, and were seen as people of disrepute, yet hired for grand occasions. Meanwhile female professional singers would sing for private audiences and make a lot of money. There were a great variety of instruments, and this chapter includes illustrations and descriptions of them: kemengeh” is a bow-instrument, “kanoon” a kind of dulcimer; an “ood” is a lute; a “nay” is a flute; “rikk” is a small tambourine; a “tamboor” is a mandolin; and so forth. It also explains what sort of performers and groups use these different instruments (from weddings to religious processions, from private gatherings to boatmen on the Nile) and ends with the musical notation and words to a number of popular songs.
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