Oriental Cairo; The City of the Arabian Nights,

Oriental Cairo; The City of the Arabian Nights,

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...minarets, the most fantastic in Cairo, formed an incongruous element. It was very noisy, for the Moslem boy repeats his lessons aloud while he is learning them, and sways his head and body all the time. Some of the classes were of very small boys, and there were both little girls and little boys at them. The girls are on the increase; but they must not speak--theyiare only allowed to listen. The lecture-hours in the morning are from nine to one, and they begin again at 1.30. Work, however, did not seem to be proceeding arduously. Until the age of fifteen the students are only allowed to learn to read the Koran. After that they may take a scientific course. It is only quite lately that the boys have been allowed to come in tarbi2s/zes instead of turbans. Most of the boys are dressed in black, but a few wear white. The red-and-yellow slippers of Islam are largely in evidence. All the students use the brass Turkish inkpots. Their books, where they have any, have only a narrow line of text on the right of the page; the broad part on the left is commentary. Generally, as I have said, they have to be content with a few leaves. Although no one is allowed to wear boots in El-Azhar, the stone of the pavement is as worn and as polished as ivory. El-Azhar is an enormous building, as may be imagined, and its buildings are of all ages, from that of Sultan Jauhar, who founded the mosque in 970-972, to the present Khedive, who has built rather a handsome mosque for it, which reminded me of our school chapels. It is not much used: the Mohammedan does not need a chapel. The oldest parts are therefore getting on for a thousand years old. They are built of the extraordinarily durable Arab plaster. The mi/zrab is original, and probably the cupola of it also....show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236764846
  • 9781236764843