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Identifier: thronespalacesof00newm
Title: The thrones and palaces of Babylon and Ninevah from sea to sea; a thousand miles on horseback ..
Year: 1876 (1870s)
Authors: Newman, John Philip, 1826-1899
Subjects: Babylonia -- Description and travel Iraq -- Description and travel
Publisher: New York, Harper & brothers
Contributing Library: Princeton Theological Seminary Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN


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d, andhe who gains the suit has to pay the fee. They not un-frequently test a mans innocence by compelling him tolick a red-h®t iron, and if his tongue is burned there isno doubt of his guilt. One of the most ancient lawsamong them is the law of blood, called the Thar, whichprescribes the degrees of consanguinity within which itis lawful to revenge a homicide. According to this law,any one related to the murderer within the fifth degree BABYLON AND NINEVEH. 239 is held responsible, and, altboiigli this seems like mani-fest injustice, yet it tends to the prevention of blood-shed among the wild tribes of the desert; and, were itnot for the operation of this law, the warlike tribeswould have exteiminated one another centuries ag^o.When a murder is committed, an effort is made toprevail on the family of the victim to accept a compen-sation for the blood in money or in kind; but if the blood-money is refused, then any relative within thefifth degree of consanguinity may be legally killed.

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ARAB MAN AND WOMAN. This law has a remarkable effect upon the manners ofthe Arabs. They are cautious in disclosing to a stran-ger their name, or that of their father, or their dwelling-place, lest they may fall victims to the blood-revenge.They have another law which is as universal, and evenmore salutary. It defines the relations between the pro-tector and the protected, and a breach of which is re-garded as a lasting disgrace. If a man can touch thecanvas of a tent, or throw his mace toward it, or touch 240 THRONES AND PALACES OF with his teetli any article belonging to another, he has aright to protection; especially if he eats a mans salt orbread, he is under his protection. A woman can protectany number of j^jersons, or even of tents, under the oper-ation of this law. Within the encampment were many girls of a mar-riageable age, which naturally suggested the usages re-latins; to marriaire. While anions^ the Arabs of thetowns daughters are literally sold to their husbands, yeta Be


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bookid:thronespalacesof00newm bookyear:1876 bookdecade:1870 bookcentury:1800 bookauthor:Newman__John_Philip__1826_1899 booksubject:Babylonia____Description_and_travel booksubject:Iraq____Description_and_travel bookpublisher:New_York__Harper___brothers bookcontributor:Princeton_Theological_Seminary_Library booksponsor:MSN bookleafnumber:243 bookcollection:Princeton bookcollection:americana

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