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An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians$
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Edward William Lane

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165603

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165603.001.0001

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(p.213) Chapter 11 SUPERSTITIONS—continued
An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

Edward William Lane

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

This chapters looks at the various written charms—such as certain passages from the Quran or the names of God—that were worn, engraved, or hung up, as well as the rituals to protect against disease, misfortune, and the jinn. The most common was to protect against the evil eye—cowrie shells, alum, and mixtures of herbs and salts, were commonly used. Other practices were also used to cure sickness or disability, and this chapter describes the systems and beliefs used to determine the course of action. It ends with a run down on which days of the week are considered ‘fortunate’ and auspicious.

Keywords:   Superstitions, Beliefs, Charms, Jinn, Evil eye, Cure, Disease, Quran, Rituals

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