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Submitted by Kaweh (Netherlands), Feb 9, 2010 at 18:22

Your numbers on Turks living in countries are much too low.

44 million turks in Turkey? The republic has close to 80 million people living there I can assure you that a good 90% of them speak Turkish, and 80% of them are ethnic Turks. This high percentage has to do with the deportations of ethnicities about 90 years ago. Also there are easily over 25 million Azeri Turks living in Iran, and close to 200 million Turks living in the world today.

Other than that I have to say this is a quality blog/article, you certainly know what you're talking about and clearly did your homework regarding Turks (their numbers aside).

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Two points: I use the word "Turk" as an ethnic designation for citizens of the Turkish Republic, not a linguistic one; and my numbers date from the time of publication, which happens to be 20 years ago (to the day) of my reply to you on Feb. 13, 2010.

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