Travels In Syria And The Holy Land By John Lewis Burckhardt


























































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When Egypt was under the unsettled government of the Mamelouks the
Towara Bedouins, who were then independent, were very formidable - Page 713
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When Egypt Was Under The Unsettled Government Of The Mamelouks The Towara Bedouins, Who Were Then Independent, Were Very Formidable, And Often At War With The Begs, As Well As With The Surrounding Tribes.

At present they have lost much of the profits which they derived from their traffic with Suez, and from

The passage of caravans to Cairo; they are kept in awe by Mohammed Ali, and have taken to more peaceful habits, which, however, they are quite ready to abandon, on the first appearance of any change in the government of Egypt. Even now, they pay no duty whatever to

[p.562] the Pasha, who, on the contrary, makes their chief some annual presents; but they are obliged to submit to the rate of carriage which the Pasha chooses to fix for the transport of his goods. They live, of course, according to their means; the small sum of fifteen or twenty dollars pays the yearly expenses of many, perhaps of most of their families, and the daily and almost unvarying food of the greater part of them is bread, with a little butter or milk, for which salt alone is substituted when the dry season is set in, and their cattle no longer yield milk. The Mezeine appeared to me much hardier than the other tribes, owing probably to their being exposed to greater privations in the more barren district which they inhabit. They hold more intercourse with the neighbouring Bedouins to the north than the other Towaras, and in their language and manners approach more to the great eastern tribes than to the other Bedouins of the peninsula.

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