Chapter

Introduction.<sup>†</sup>

Jason Thompson

in Description of Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9789774245251
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970160 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.003.0001
Introduction.†

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During the years that Jason Thompson was engaged in the overall Edward William Lane project, of which this edition of Lane's Description of Egypt is a part, Jason incurred scholarly debts to so many individuals that it long ago became impractical to list them all. A zealous attachment to the study of oriental literature, and a particular desire to render himself familiar with the language of the Arabs, and with their manners and customs, induced Jason to visit Egypt. But these were not his only motives. He had long entertained a wish to examine the antiquities of that most interesting country: and as he felt, even before he commenced his travels, that there was a probability of his publishing the observations that he might make.

Keywords: Jason Thompson; Edward William Lane project; Arabs; Egypt; travels

Chapter.  765 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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