Strait Talk

The Circassian Exile

This May, the Circassian minority in Turkey marked a solemn anniversary. The Russian Empire deported the Circassians 155 years ago from their homeland in the northeastern shores of the Black Sea. Most of the Circassian exiles were absorbed into the Ottoman Empire, settling as far away as present-day Jordan. We take a look at their centuries old traditions that remain very much alive today.

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