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Social and Personal

Mushirul Hasan

in Exploring the West

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198063117
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080199 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063117.003.0037
Social and Personal

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The author apologises for the censure he is obliged to pass on the English character. He accuses the common people of England of want of religion and honesty, and the nation at large of a blind confidence in their good fortune, as well as cupidity. He says one of the English's prevailing defects is a desire of ease, and presents what a London gentleman should be like. He also accuses the English of being irritable, bad economists of their time, and luxurious, and mentions the advantages of simplicity, exemplified in the histories of the Arabs and Tartars. The English, the author claims, are vain of their acquirements in learned or foreign languages. The author presents a mode of defending the Mohammedan customs and says the English are blind to their own imperfections.

Keywords: England; religion; honesty; cupidity; simplicity; languages; Mohammedan customs

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