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Edward William Lane 1801–1876The Life of the Pioneering Egyptologist and Orientalist$
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Jason Thompson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162879

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162879.001.0001

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Blackening Many Quires

Blackening Many Quires

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Edward William Lane 1801–1876

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

Lane enjoyed many advantages and he already knew Cairo well. He spoke Arabic fluently and practiced Egyptian customs proficiently. He had an effective, functioning support network in place, and he was building on the experience of his previous trip, as the subtitle to Modern Egyptians explicitly states. Lane wrote most of the entirely new or greatly enlarged chapters, such as the ones on superstitions, magic, and death and funerals. Passages from his diary were designated for inclusion in Modern Egyptians; even his account book was exploited. It was written fluently on the first try, though interpolations and their insertion points might have been added later.

Keywords:   Egyptian customs, superstitions, magic, death, funerals, Modern Egyptians

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