The Circassians: a handbook by Amjad Jaimoukha

The Circassian Diaspora in Turkey: A Political History by Zeynel A. BesleneyRevied by Viacheslav A. Chirikba

Reviewed work(s): The Circassians: A Handbook by Amjad Jaimoukha
Source: Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Vol. 65, No. 1 (2002), pp. 169-171
Published by: Cambridge University Press on behalf of School of Oriental and African Studies

This is the first modern account of the Circassians, once the largest North Caucasian people, whose ancestray lies lost in the mists of time and whose territory presently makes up part of the Russian Federation. The Circassians were known to Europe and the East in the past principally because of the beauty of their women ('a fair Circassians') and the legendary bravery of their men. The Circassian Mamluks had a lasting and significant impact on Egpyt's history. But since the brutal decimation of Circassia by Imperial Russia and the forced emigration of the majority of its population to the Ottoman Empire, this nation had been mostly forgotten and neglected.

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