- 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 4 Government.1
- An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians
Edward William Lane
- American University in Cairo Press
Egypt was no longer a province of the Ottoman Empire but Mohamed Ali continued to profess his allegiance to the Sultan. Mohamed Ali was tied by the Qur’an and Traditions, but otherwise had a completely free hand in running of Egypt. This chapter details the systems of rule and justice—the different courts and councils, who sat on them, what their authority was, and who could use them—and the role of sheikhs and the clergy in maintaining order on a local level, through, for example, arbitration of disputes. It also looks at the role, ranks, and power of the police and the army. This chapter is replete with case studies that illustrate the way the many different arms of authority worked.
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