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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 Excerpt: ...of the late Sultan, in his history of the destruction of the Janissaries, records that, when their convents in the capital were searched, there were found in them jars of wine, stopped with leaves of the Koran. Yet, by the common people, the institution of dervishes appears to be generally respected, and many of the Sheikhs, or Heads of the convents, possess a high reputation for sanctity, and are regarded with a veneration akin to that which the holy men of Persia enjoy. I have always found these men remarkably urbane and cheerful in their dispositions, especially among the Mevlevis. One of them, at Constantinople, was said to be a great favourite of the Sultan, who was known to attend occasionally the public exercises at his convent. Generally the dervishes of Turkey do not practise mendicity, in which respect, as in most others, they differ widely from the dervishes of Persia and other countries oast of the Tigris. One of their orders, however, is founded entirely upon the principle of living by charity. Yet even these are rather superior to the wandering dervishes of Persia, who live chiefly by trickery and fraud. Many of this latter sort were to be seen in the streets of Bagdad. They had come from Afghanistan and Bokhara, and might be seen in their strange caps, with their hair dishevelled and their bodies covered with rags and filth, marching through the bazars to a doleful song, and soliciting charity from the passengers. Bagdad is situated upon both banks of the Tigris, but the principal part of the city is on the eastern side. The two are united by a rude bridge of boats, which; 74 INTERIOR OF BAGDAD., being the only thoroughfare between them, is constantly thronged with foot-passengers and beasts of burden.. The western portion has its own bazars ...