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Turkish identity is a mixture of Turkic migrants and indigenous converts.

Reader comment on item: Cyprus on the World Stage
in response to reader comment: Turks in Cyprus and the real reason for the Greek coup

Submitted by Jon Oz (United States), Oct 12, 2011 at 21:56

Turks in Cyprus are a mixture of Turkic Anatolian migrants and indigenous Islamic converts. These two groups began intermarrying centuries ago. The same is true for all Turks who descend from Ottoman frontier regions: Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was most likely of mixed Albanian and Turkic descent.

Hybrid vigor is healthy! I hope Turks one day view their mixed ethnic heritage as a boon rather than irrationally deny it.


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