Personal Narrative Of A Pilgrimage To El Medinah And Meccah (volume 1)

Paperback | January 10, 2012

bySir Richard Francis Burton

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1857. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... MIDDLE CLASS HOUSE AT EL MEDINAH. 285 jealously high up, support a pair of pistols with handsome crimson cords and tassels, and half a dozen cherry-stiek pipes. The centre of the room is never without one or more Shishas *, and in the corner is a large copper hrazier containing fire, with all the utensils for making coffee either disposed upon its broad brim or lying about the floor. The passage, like the stairs, is spread over with hard black earth, and regularly watered twiee a day during the hot weather. The household consisted of Hamid's mother, wife, some nephews and nieces, small children who ran about in a half wild and more than half nude state, and two Afriean slave girls. When the Damascus Caravan came in, it was further reinforeed by the arrival of his three younger brothers. Though the house was not grand, it was made lively by the varied views from the Majlis' windows. From the east, you looked upon El Barr, the town walls and houses beyond it, the Egyptian gate, the lofty minarets of the Haram, and the distant outlines of Jebel Ohod.f The north commanded a view of Mohammed's Mosque -- one of the Khamsah Masajid, or the Five Mosques of the suburb J, part of the fort wall, and, when the Damascus caravan came in, the gay scene of the "Prado" beneath. The Majlis was tolerably cool during the early part of the day; in the afternoon the sun shone fiereely upon it. I have deseribed the establishment at some length as a specimen of how the middle elasses of society are lodged at El Medinah. The upper elasses affect Turkish and Egyptian luxuries in their homes, as I had an opportunity of seeing at Umar Effendi'a house in the "Barr;" and the abodes of the poorer elasses arc everywhere in these countries very similar. * The Modinnli Shisha is a large cocoa-nu...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1857. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... MIDDLE CLASS HOUSE AT EL MEDINAH. 285 jealously high up, support a pair of pistols with handsome crimson cords and tassels, and half ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:138 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.3 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217973620

ISBN - 13:9780217973625

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