Arabische Sprüchwörter oder die Sitten und Gebräuche der neueren Aegyptier
The Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784-1817) gained a reputation in the early 19th century as an expert on the Arab world primarily through his diaries, travel writing and correspondence. His voluminous works were first published in English and are still considered to be important cultural documents. This is especially true of his collection of Arabic proverbs. Its title indicates that both the proverbs and Burckhardt’s accompanying explanations offer insights into the manners and customs of the Arabic-speaking peoples. Although nearly two centuries have passed since the completion of the work in 1817, it contains valuable pieces of folk-wisdom which are still in use today and which contribute to our understanding of the Arabs.
The language, culture, history, economy and politics of the Arab world are of major importance today, and this reprint of the 1834 German-language edition of Burckhardt’s work offers German readers a welcome key to a better understanding of Arabic countries and their inhabitants.