- 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
- (p.189) Chapter 10 Superstitions
- An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians
Edward William Lane
- American University in Cairo Press
This chapter opens with a statement that Egyptians hold the most superstitions of all Arabs, with much of it stemming from religious belief, claiming the most prominent example to be that of the jinn. It discusses the types of jinn believed to exist and how they behave, where belief in them comes from and where they are thought to come from, as well how people generally fear and seek to keep avoid them. It then turns to the questions of saints, looking at what authority they hold, how they gain this status, and the stories that are told about them. It also looks at the veneration of deceased famous saints, such as Sayyida Zeinab, and the mulids held for their birthdays. Finally, this chapter discusses darwishes—the different orders, their religious practices and performances, and their backgrounds.
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