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Guest post by Vedica Kant:

The Turkish POW camp at Sumerpur was a self-sufficient camp on a large plain bordered by rocky hills and intersected by a river that dried up in the heat, held 3, 366 prisoners, mostly Mesopotamian Arabs, and Christians (the Greek Consulate in Calcutta confirmed that the camp had Orthodox Greek prisoners; Armenians were also present.). An International Red Cross report on the camp, talking about the make-up of the camp, notes that the many “nationalities” of the camp were not well disposed to each other. The British allowed the prisoners to dress according to their customs and the camp became a sartorial showcase of the medley that was the Ottoman Empire. On show were military tunics, civilian waistcoats, smocks, long cotton robes, Turkish frock coats, fezzes, turbans, caps, slouch hats, and embroidered skullcaps.

The Armenian contingent of the camp is of particular interest. Most of the Armenian prisoners were from Mardin (in Turkey’s southeast) and complained to the Red Cross officials that they had not heard from their family members and were sure that they had been massacred by the Turks. Why were these Armenians fighting for the Ottoman army if relations between the two communities had deteriorated so much? Was it just that they were forced? And what did they do when they were given freedom – did they go back to Turkey after the war? In some senses these Armenians were lucky. The official targeting of Armenians crystallised after the failure of the disastrous Turkish campaign of Sarikamish (22 Dec, 1914 – Jan 17, 1915) against the Russians that was led by Enver Pasha, the war minister. Armenian troops fought on the Turkish side, but were singled out for blame after the campaign’s failure. On 25th 1915 February, Enver ordered all Armenians in active Ottoman forces be demobilised and assigned them to labour battalions, an important step in the subsequent genocide.

The British probably understood that co-locating the Turks with the other ethnic groups of the Ottoman Army would be an exercise fraught with trouble and headaches. Turkish soldiers were kept exclusively in separate camps.

Thayetmyo, the largest Turkish POW camp, was located on the right bank of the Irrawady river.

The splendid mango trees, which gave the place its name sheltered pagodas whose white spires rose above the dark foliage. The high banks of the camp commanded the great spread of the river, which at low water exposed some sandy islands. In the distance a chain of blue-tinted mountains bound the horizon. Here the Turkish POWs played backgammon, dice, and drank copious amounts of Turkish coffee.

Not exactly. India has a complex history

by raider_of_arks

Basically, most of the Islamic invaders were of an Iranian (including Pashtuns, Tajiks, and Persians) and Turkic (mostly Uzbek and Turkish as in Turkey which is more Balkan and Caucasus related), but the Indians are largely not Middle Eastern. Small groups of Indian Muslims and Parsis can trace their origins to the Near East though.
India is composed of a fusion of Aryan and Dravidian peoples in the north (who mostly speak Indo-Aryan tongues), while in the south the people are Dravidian speakers and one of the early inhabitants of India. In fact, the Indo-Aryans are related to the Persians and Pashtuns, but the ones in India are largely merged with the Dravidians and thus somewhat distinct

Greek islanders visit Turkey for grocery shopping  — Daily Sabah
.. many people come to Turkey from the Greek Islands including Lesbos. "Greek tourists come to Kemeraltı between 10:00 a.m. and 04:30p.m. Within this time period, they spend [quite a bit].

Central Book Depot The foundation of Muslim rule in India;: A history of the establishment and progress of the Turkish Sultanate of Delhi, 1206-1290 A.D
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Aakar Books East Faces West: Impressions of a Turkish Writer in India
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British Library, Historical Print Editions Fifteen Months' Pilgrimage through ... Khuzistan and Persia, in a journey from India to England, through parts of Turkish Arabia, Persia, Armenia, Russia, and Germany, etc.
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Who was a better woman?Roxelana(Hurrem) or Mahidevran?*Plz help!?

I'm watching a turkish film.
I guess it's one of their TV series.
I've only watched the first parts.
I researched & :
It's based on a turkish characters love life
"Suleiman the magnificent"

first he had a beautiful wife
"Mahidevran" & then he became in love with a russian maid "Roxelana (Hurrem)" & married her.
These women became rivals
& many other worse things happened.

That's what only what we have seen till now!

But the fact that suleiman married another woman despite having a beautiful wife bothers me,my mom,my grandma, my aunt & some of my close friends who have seen the…

Roxelana is the killer of many great humans. therefor i like MAHEDEVARAN

Help with Ottomans histoy plzz!!..?

Plz help me with this history project.
i need to find informayion on these 3 things below:
1-find out about ONE Ottomans sultan,(a brief biography)
2-find out about one important Ottomans mosque,(it's name,who its was built for, when it was built & is it still standing today)
3-find out about the Ottomans in araibia today,(where they live,population and such)

anywayz thanx a heap!

I've given you a list os sultans you pick one and do the summary.
After all this is home work help not homework do. Just take your time.

AND CALIPHS, 1290-1924 AD
Below on left side of page you will find complete list of all the sultans
first is below
Osmanli Oghullarï
'Osman I 1290-1326
defeats Romans near Nicomedia, Ottoman

Suleiman's Mosque (Suleymaniye Camii)
Suleiman's Mosque (Suleymaniye in Turkish and Arabic) is the second largest but finest and most magnificent of the imperial mosque complexes in the city. It's as magnificent as its…

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