- Title Pages
- Edward William Lane and
- Editor's Preface
- Author's Preface
- Advertisement To the Third Edition
- The Modern Egyptians
- Chapter 1Personal 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.299) Chapter 16 The Bath
- An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians
Edward William Lane
- American University in Cairo Press
There were sixty to seventy public baths (or hammams) in Cairo, some for men or women only and some with different times for men and women. As well as hygiene and washing, for women, a trip to the baths was an opportunity for socializing, sometimes with music and refreshments. This chapter describes the architecture and design of a bath and includes plans of the layout. It explains in detail the interior of the baths and what different rooms and chambers were used for. It also points out that, although not expensive, there were those who would not be able to afford it and would bath in the Nile instead, while the rich also had baths at home.
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