The Ottoman by elwatad


									Although the real hold of the Ottoman Turks over Egypt was to last
only until the 17th century, the country remained nominally part of
the Ottoman Empire until 1915. Rather than exterminate the
Mamelukes, the Ottomans used them in their administration. They
established a governor and settled six ocaks (regiments) in Egypt as
a garrison. In time the roman ocaks intermarried with the native
people, playing an important role in the country's economic and
political life. Rural areas were treated as crown lands, parceled into
plots called iqta, the produce of which went to the Ottoman elite.

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