By Edward William Lane

The launching of this hitherto unpublished e-book through the good nineteenth-century British tourist Edward William Lane (1801-76), a reputation identified to just about every body in all of the many fields of center East reports, is an incredible publishing occasion. Lane was once the writer of a few hugely influential works: An Account of the Manners and Customs of the trendy Egyptians (1836), his translation of The Thousand and One Nights (1839-41), Selections from the Kur-an (1843), and the Arabic-English Lexicon (1863-93). but certainly one of his maximum works used to be by no means released: after years of work and regardless of an enthusiastic reception by way of the publishing company of John Murray in 1831, book of his first ebook, Description of Egypt, was once not on time and at last dropped, typically for monetary purposes. The manuscript was once offered to the British Library via Lane's widow in 1891, and has in simple terms now been salvaged for e-book by way of Dr. Jason Thompson, approximately one hundred seventy years after its completion.
This vastly very important booklet, which takes the shape of a trip via Egypt from north to south, with descriptions of all of the old monuments and modern existence that Lane explored alongside the way in which, should be of tremendous curiosity to either historical and smooth historians of Egypt, and may turn into an important better half to his Manners and Customs.
''Jason Thompson's unique and devoted version merits a lot praise.''-Astene publication, June 2002.
''Thompson, a historian at AUC, has performed sign carrier in taking a manuscript relationship from 1831 and getting ready it for e-book such a lot of years later; AUC Press merits compliment for making so significant a piece to be had, and at so average a price.''-Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly, June 2001.
''In all, the looks of this significant paintings of scholarship at this overdue date is a big boon to the learn of Egypt's background among the pharaohs and 18280.''-Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly, June 2001.

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It's positioned half-way among the branches of Dimya't and Reshee'd, in the middle of a truly fertile tract; and is the main populous city within the Delta: the variety of its population is envisioned at approximately 10,000. Its flourishing kingdom is mainly because of its containing the tomb of the seyd Ahh'mad El-Bed'awee, a hugely respected Moos'lim saint. 1 As many as fifty thousand people, from all components of reduce Egypt, are acknowledged to collect at this position at the events of the gala's celebrated right here in commemoration of the start of the seyd Ahh'mad. His tomb is in a wide and good-looking mosque, equipped throughout the munificence of the recognized 'Al'ee Bey (the Memloo'k), who died within the yr of the flight 1187 (A. D. 1773-4). The saint is honoured with 3 annual fairs; and as this kind of happens within the spring, that is the interval of the 12 months whilst, if in any respect, the plague as a rule starts, contaminated people, coming back from the extra northern components (where the affliction is most often engendered), speak the baneful sickness to others, and via their dispersion it truly is unfold in the course of the state. The competition is a type of reasonable; to which many hotel for the only goal of site visitors. within the ceremonies played on the tomb, durwee'shes take a in demand half; chanting the occupation of the religion, and showing their unusual workouts. a number of tents are pitched, and swings erected; and the viewers are amused through jugglers and serpent-charmers, story-tellers, musicians, and feminine dancers and singers. "^" Swarms of courtesans additionally attend the fairs; and no small variety of married ladies are attracted with an identical view; as used to be the case on a few related events in historic Egypt. A village known as Ab'oo Seer j^o ^\ , with old mounds, approximately leagues south of Semennoo'd, is meant to occupy the location of the traditional Busiris, the place fairs inferior in beauty basically to these of Bubastis have been celebrated in honour of Isis, who used to be worshipped there in a grand temple. 2 This village and several other others of an identical identify in Egypt are referred to as by way of the Arab geographers Boo 'see 'r j^# ; but^l^'oo Seer is their smooth appellation. J This individual died (according to Es-Sooyoo'tee) within the 12 months of the flight 675 (A. D. 1276-7). ^On a small interleaved notesheet Lane famous: "Leave out what follows "musicians" to the tip of the P [i. e. , the remainder of the paragraph]. " whereas this can were extra whilst the passage used to be into consideration for inclusion within the Englishwoman in Egypt, Lane can also have nervous that it echoed too heavily the same passage in bankruptcy 3. Or it can basically were self-censorship. 2 Herodotus, lib. ii, cap. fifty nine. —Busiris was once one of many cities which claimed the respect of being considered as the burial-place of Osiris; and Eudoxus (cited through Plutarch) asserts that this used to be fairly where of his burial, and likewise of his start. sixty two Description of Egypt the city of Semennoo 'd ^'^-- marks an historical website, which has been imagined to be that of Sebenn ytus; however it turns out inconceivable that the towns of Sebennytus and Busiris, each one the capital of a nome, must have been so almost about one another as Semennoo'd and Ab'oo Seer.

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