Mashallah! A flight into Egypt

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byCharles Warren Stoddard

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881. Excerpt: ... have rounded a single point, we might have rushed on to the port of Boulak, and in three hours or less time have been disporting ourselves in the luxurious life of the metropolis. We did it later; but when we did it I knew that the most unique, the most beguiling, the most profitable experience of my life had rounded to a close, and with a heavy heart, and a headache, and a general depression, spiritual, mental, and physical, I bade adieu to my good friends one and all, and turned my back on the dear old Nitetis, my home for two of the very happiest months I ever hope to pass. But there is a consolation in the thought that the remembrance of this voyage must be a joy to me for ever and a day. XXI. THE MOOLID OF THE PROPHET. The April heat was increasing in Grand Cairo. Under its enervating influence I subsided into a hasheesh frame of mind, and passed my time between the bath and the nargileh, the victim of brief and fitful moods. Suddenly all Cairo began talking of the Prophet and his Moolid. It is the birthnight festival of Islamism, the nativity of Mahomet, the chief fete of the Oriental year. Of course I was shaken like an aspen at the prospect: the bath and the bubbling pipe were forgotten; I thought only of the Zikrs or the dervish ceremonials, and of the Zikkeers, those bedraggled, petticoated fellows, with their tall, brimless felt hats that resemble inverted flower-pots. The thought recalled to my mind a certain solitary pilgrimage to a convent mosque, where the dervishes passed out of their dusty cloister into a two-galleried rotunda--a solemn procession of meditative souls that speedily scattered and began spinning like so many tops. Again I heard weird music; the thin, hoarse voice of a flute rose beyond a choir-screen of fretted gold. The hus...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881. Excerpt: ... have rounded a single point, we might have rushed on to the port of Boulak, and in three hours or less time have been disporti...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217231926

ISBN - 13:9780217231923

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