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The Turkish Embassy in Cairo holds a historical symposium on Turkish cultural heritage in Egypt

By Manal Abdel Fattah

The Turkish Embassy in Cairo held a historical and intellectual symposium on Turkish cultural heritage in Egypt, with the participation of many prominent guests, Egyptian intellectuals, academics and journalists.

During the symposium, which was held under the patronage of Turkey’s Ambassador to Cairo, Salih Mutluşen, Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, former Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, gave a lecture in the context of his book “The Turks in Egypt and Their Cultural Heritage,” which he wrote with great effort and care.

According to a statement issued by the Turkish Embassy in Cairo, the work, whose introduction was written by the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is the product of more than forty years of work. It sheds light on Turkish culture during the Ottoman period, which was not widespread before Muhammad Ali Pasha came to power in Egypt, and tries to explain how Ottoman Turkish culture and language gained intensity and spread in Egypt compared to the previous period, as a result of the great interest and innovation policies followed by Muhammad Ali Pasha, the beloved The Great of Egypt and the founder of modern Egypt.

The book also reveals how the “Egyptian Ottoman” version was formed as a result of this cultural development that initially took Istanbul as a model in Egypt, and how the products and influences of this culture persist until today.

The book also discusses how Ottoman Turkish culture in Egypt was adopted by the elite of the local Arabic-speaking population, as well as Turkish speakers coming from outside Egypt, thanks to the new schools that were established and the large number of Turkish books produced by the famous Bulaq Press, with great efforts. From Muhammad Ali Pasha and his large ruling family, which led to the emergence of the “Ottoman Egyptian” cultural face alongside the “Ottoman Turkish” cultural face in Egypt.

This book, which examines the Turkish cultural presence that developed with the Turks living in Egypt and the written works and traces of this culture that have survived to this day, is the first of its kind in this field with regard to “the Turks in Egypt and their cultural heritage.”

At the end of the symposium, the documentary film entitled “Qadriya” was shown, which deals with the Egyptian princess “Qadriya, daughter of Sultan Hussein Kamel,” the text of which was written by the Turkish Ambassador to Cairo, Mr. Salih Mutlu Şen.
The Turkish Embassy in Cairo said that the dear memory of Princess Qadriya and her contributions to Egypt, Turkey, and the Turkish and Egyptian societies had almost been forgotten, but this book titled “The Turks in Egypt and Their Cultural Heritage” was the one that brought that memory and contributions back to light again.

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