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“When One Sits Among The People”: Lucie Duff Gordon’s Letters from Egypt
As a child Lucie Duff Gordon (née Austin) had travelled a lot with her intellectual parents, learning to appreciate the customs of different people in many foreign countries. Yet it was not for pleasure, or by her own choice, that in 1861 she left England for good. TB forced this forty-year-old lady to leave her children, her friends and her country for The Cape of Good Hope. There she first met (and was immediately fascinated by) Islam, almost by chance:
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