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The Teaching of the Turkish Language and Ottoman Culture in Egyptian Schools

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/9789774163975.003.0007
The Teaching of the Turkish Language and Ottoman Culture in Egyptian Schools

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In Muhammad Ali’s military and civilian schools, the initial language of instruction was Turkish. Subjects included military science, engineering, and mathematics. Comprehensive school systems were established to train male students as engineers and military officers. For a while, Persian was taught alongside Turkish and Arabic. Turkish textbooks for use in Egypt were printed in Cairo. In the latter part of the nineteenth century, schools for girls were also opened. As Ottoman influence in Egypt waned and British influence grew, Turkish was gradually replaced by English in many circumstances.

Keywords: Turkish language; Persian language; Ottoman culture; education; publishing

Chapter.  10920 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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