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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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Language, Literature, and Science

Language, Literature, and Science

(p.173) Chapter 9 Language, Literature, and Science
An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

Edward William Lane

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

Cairo as a centre of Arabic literature and Muslim theology and jurisprudence is the first stop in this chapter, the type of education offered at al-Azhar for example. It examines the dialect of educated Cairenes in particular, comparing it to other regional and national dialects and also to the classical written language—fusha. It then dissects the types of books available in Arabic, at libraries and booksellers, how they are bound and written, and who reads them. It also names and discusses specific contemporary learned men—ulama—and the history of learning among Arabs in science, from astronomy to chemistry.

Keywords:   Al-Azhar, Dialect, Literature, Language, Books, Education, Fusha, Ulama, Science, Astronomy

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