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The Numbers of Turks in Egypt and Their Status within Egyptian Society

Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu

in The Turks in Egypt and their Cultural Legacy

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9789774163975
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781617971051 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774163975.003.0003
The Numbers of Turks in Egypt and Their Status within Egyptian Society

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In the early nineteenth century, there were 20,000–30,000 Turks in Egypt out of a total population of about 3 million. Turkish speakers comprised the majority of the royal family of Muhammad Ali, government officials, and high-level military officers. They also included scholars and writers. The chapter considers the social position of Turkish speakers at this time, and their relationships with the other ethnic groups in Egypt.

Keywords: Turkish language; Muhammad Ali; Ottoman Empire; administration; literature

Chapter.  7040 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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