Arabic Proverbs: Or, The Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

November 25, 2010|
Arabic Proverbs: Or, The Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians by John Lewis Burckhardt
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John Lewis Burckhardt (1784-1817) was a Swiss explorer who is best remembered for his rediscovery of the ancient city of Petra in modern Jordan. In 1809 he was commissioned by the African Association to discover the source of the River Niger. In preparation for this journey, for which he needed to pass as a Muslim, Burckhardt spent two years exploring and studying Arabic and Islamic law in Aleppo, before travelling widely in Arabia and Egypt. This volume, first published posthumously in 1830 by the African Association, contains a collection of Arabic proverbs. The main group derives from an eighteenth-century collection, to which Burckhardt added proverbs he had heard during his residence in Cairo. Given in both Cairene Arabic and English, with Burckhardt''s explanations of the context in which they were used, these proverbs provide a valuable source for the language and culture of nineteenth-century Cairo.
Translator's preface; Editor's preface; Arabic proverbs of the modern Egyptians.
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Title:Arabic Proverbs: Or, The Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:246 pages, 9.61 X 6.69 X 0.51 in
Shipping dimensions:246 pages, 9.61 X 6.69 X 0.51 in
Published:November 25, 2010
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781108022880

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