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The Turkish Language and Ottoman Culture at the Palace and among the Aristocracy

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/9789774163975.003.0004
The Turkish Language and Ottoman Culture at the Palace and among the Aristocracy

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During the reigns of Muhammad Ali, his son Ibrahim Pasha, and his grandson Khedive Ismail, Turkish language and culture were fostered in Egypt via several routes: Trained personnel immigrated from Istanbul to serve as government officials and military officers. Intermarriage took place between Turkish officials and Egyptian noble families. Scientific, religious, and literary works were translated from Arabic, Persian, and European languages into Turkish. The children and slaves in the royal palace were carefully educated in Ottoman manners and culture.

Keywords: Turkish language; Muhammad Ali; Ottoman culture; education; literature; music

Chapter.  14937 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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