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Altogether an Arabian City

Jason Thompson

in Edward William Lane 1801–1876

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789774162879
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970214 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162879.003.0004
Altogether an Arabian City

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Part of Edward William Lane's expedition in Egypt was his stay in Cairo where he spent his first days. Most of the impressions that came on Lane amounted to a never-ending visual feast. Moreover, a remarkable man named Osman Effendi played a symbolic role for Lane as part of his experiences. Osman Effendi was a native of Scotland whose name was William Thomson, but on his conversion to Islam it was changed to Osman Effendi. Issues of the true nature of Osman have been raised, which led to Lane's immediate change from European clothing to Turkish attire, giving additional benefit for an unsolvable disguise.

Keywords: Edward William Lane; expedition; Egypt; Cairo; Osman Effendi; Scotland; William Thomson; European clothing; Turkish attire

Chapter.  6263 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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