Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, the Indian Ocean, and Up the Red Sea, with Travels Into Egypt, Through the Desert; Giving an Interesting Account of the Cities of Grand Cairo and Alexandria and an Analysis of the Religion of Mahomet ...

Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope, the Indian Ocean, and Up the Red Sea, with Travels Into Egypt, Through the Desert; Giving an Interesting Account of the Cities of Grand Cairo and Alexandria and an Analysis of the Religion of Mahomet ...

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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. 1821 edition. Excerpt: ... a circular form, which description of village they call Doxtar; they lie on mats, and their outside covering which they wear in the day, covers them at night. This race of people rise very early, punctually attending their public devotions at break of day; again at noon; at sun-set; and at setting of the watch, that is, when it begins to grow dark. On the evening of the 7th. of August, we disembarked on the island of Rhoda, where the greatest part of the Mamelukes had taken refuge from the fury of the French. These people who are the principal military force of the country, (and strictly speaking, are really masters of Egypt) were originally Mingrelian and Georgian slaves. They are trained up to the military exercise from their youth, and as they are all cavalry, mounted on fine Arabian and Egyptian horses, they almost every day resort to some level piece of ground, and there in full gallop exercise themselves in the use of the carabine, discharging it at a mark loaded with ten or twelve balls, and then throwing it under their thigh, seize a large pistol, which they fire and cast over their shoulder, and instantly a second, trusting to the string by which they were attached, without losing any time in returning them to their proper place. They are likewise armed with a sabre, in the management of which they are very expert. Their dress consists of a wide yellow shirt, made of thin cotton, over which they have another covering of light stuff; this robe covers them completely from the neck to the ancles, and descends to their finger ends, as they consider it indecent to appear before their superiors with them uncovered. They have another dress made of cloth without lining, only the sleeves are cut at the elbows. In cold weather they have...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236885724
  • 9781236885722