- 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.271) Chapter 14 Industry
- An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians
Edward William Lane
- American University in Cairo Press
Despite environmental advantages and a rich ancient history of manufacturing and agriculture, centuries of unstable and corrupt rule has decreased and impoverished the population and meant Egypt was not able to fulfil its potential in production or cultivation. This chapter laments the lack of skilled workers and low quality of manual work, but also points to the areas in which Egyptians excel, namely architecture (mosques, public buildings, and private dwellings). It then turns to commerce: listing exports and imports from Europe, and the ways in which things are bought and sold, looking at merchants and merchandise, shops and markets, as well as beggars. Finally this chapter address water and irrigation, cultivation of Nile lands, according to seasons of the floods, and Nile navigation as a source of income.
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