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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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Altogether an Arabian City

Altogether an Arabian City

(p.40) 3 Altogether an Arabian City
Edward William Lane 1801–1876

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

Part of Edward William Lane's expedition in Egypt was his stay in Cairo where he spent his first days. Most of the impressions that came on Lane amounted to a never-ending visual feast. Moreover, a remarkable man named Osman Effendi played a symbolic role for Lane as part of his experiences. Osman Effendi was a native of Scotland whose name was William Thomson, but on his conversion to Islam it was changed to Osman Effendi. Issues of the true nature of Osman have been raised, which led to Lane's immediate change from European clothing to Turkish attire, giving additional benefit for an unsolvable disguise.

Keywords:   Edward William Lane, expedition, Egypt, Cairo, Osman Effendi, Scotland, William Thomson, European clothing, Turkish attire

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