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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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Death, and Funeral Rites

Death, and Funeral Rites

Chapter 28 Death, and Funeral Rites
An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

Edward William Lane

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter covers the subject of death and burial of Muslims. It starts with the last rites of a dying Muslim, and then the washing of the body, the cloth in which the body is wrapped, and notes that burial happens as soon as possible. It describes the recitation of the Qur’an for the deceased, the funeral procession (noting the differences according to class, gender and for holy men), and the rituals and ceremonies that take place both in the mosque and at the tomb. It also discusses the rituals of mourning and the days following the funeral.

Keywords:   Death, Burial, Rites, Funeral, Mourning, Rituals

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