Travels In Arabia By  John Lewis Burckhardt

























































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The Term Khayn, "Treacherous," Is Universally Applied To Every Turk In Arabia, With That Proud Self-Confidence Of Superiority, In This Respect, For Which The Arabs Are Deservedly Renowned.

The lower classes of the Arabs have discovered a fanciful confirmation of their charge against the Turks in one

Of the Grand Signor's titles, Khan, an ancient Tatar word, which in Arabic signifies "he betrayed," being the preterite of the verb ykhoun, "to betray." They pretend that an ancestor of the Sultan having betrayed a fugitive, received the opprobrious appellation of "el Sultan Khan," ("the Sultan has been treacherous;") and that the title is merely retained by his successors from their ignorance of the Arabic language.

Whenever the power of the Turks in the Hedjaz declines, which it will when the resources of Egypt are no longer directed to that point by so able and so undisturbed a possessor of Egypt as Mohammed Ali, the Arabs will avenge themselves for the submission, light as it is, which they now reluctantly yield to their conquerors; and the reign of the Osmanlis in the Hedjaz will probably terminate in many a scene of bloodshed.

[p.53] ROUTE FROM DJIDDA TO TAYF. [I was unable to take any bearings during this excursion, as the only compass which I possessed, and which had served me throughout my Nubian journey, had become useless, and no opportunity offered of replacing it till December in this year, when I obtained one from a Bombay ship which arrived at Djidda.]

ON the 24th of August, 1814, (11th of Ramadhan, A.H. 1230.) I set out from Djidda, late in the evening, with my guide and twenty camel-drivers of the tribe of Harb, who were carrying money to Mekka for the Pasha's treasury.

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