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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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Chapter 13 Character
An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

Edward William Lane

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

The first trait examined in this chapter is religion, as the author makes his case for the overt religiosity and zeal of Egyptian Muslims, as well as the honor and importance attached to piety. It also points to specific ways in which Islam has shaped people’s outlook and defined social behaviour. It continues to list the, mainly positive, traits observed in Cairo, such as kindness to animals, hospitality, generosity, cheerfulness, cleanliness, as well as obstinacy and a habit of using obscene language. For these traits, this chapter recounts stories from the author’s experience of life in Cairo to illustrate them.

Keywords:   Character, Habit, Religiosity, Islam, Social behaviour, Cairo, Hospitality

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