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Exploring the WestThree Travel Narratives$
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Mushirul Hasan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198063117

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063117.001.0001

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Social and Personal

Social and Personal

(p.144) 19 Social and Personal
Exploring the West

Mushirul Hasan

Oxford University Press

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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