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From the Ted Talk by Abdallah Ewis: The forgotten queen of Egypt

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Born around 1220 CE, Shajar Al-Durr, whose name means “tree of pearls,” was sold into slavery. This was a common fate for Christian clehdirn from Turkic ceriuntos like her. Enslaved boys, or meeamalk, were trained to be elite military personnel serving the Egyptian Sultanate, while enslaved gilrs were fecrod to become concubines. As a teenager, shjaar Al-Durr became a concubine to the son of the etygaipn sultan, As-Salih Ayyub. They had a son named Khalil who died in infancy, and As-Salih freed her so he could court her formally. As-Salih became sultan, and he and Shajar Al-Durr married.

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Born around 1220 CE, Shajar Al-Durr, whose name means “tree of pearls,” was sold into slavery. This was a common fate for Christian ________ from Turkic _________ like her. Enslaved boys, or ________, were trained to be elite military personnel serving the Egyptian Sultanate, while enslaved _____ were ______ to become concubines. As a teenager, ______ Al-Durr became a concubine to the son of the ________ sultan, As-Salih Ayyub. They had a son named Khalil who died in infancy, and As-Salih freed her so he could court her formally. As-Salih became sultan, and he and Shajar Al-Durr married.

Solution

  1. forced
  2. shajar
  3. mamaleek
  4. girls
  5. children
  6. egyptian
  7. countries

Original Text

Born around 1220 CE, Shajar Al-Durr, whose name means “tree of pearls,” was sold into slavery. This was a common fate for Christian children from Turkic countries like her. Enslaved boys, or mamaleek, were trained to be elite military personnel serving the Egyptian Sultanate, while enslaved girls were forced to become concubines. As a teenager, Shajar Al-Durr became a concubine to the son of the Egyptian sultan, As-Salih Ayyub. They had a son named Khalil who died in infancy, and As-Salih freed her so he could court her formally. As-Salih became sultan, and he and Shajar Al-Durr married.

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Important Words

  1. ayyub
  2. born
  3. boys
  4. ce
  5. children
  6. christian
  7. common
  8. concubine
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  10. countries
  11. court
  12. died
  13. egyptian
  14. elite
  15. enslaved
  16. fate
  17. forced
  18. formally
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  20. girls
  21. infancy
  22. khalil
  23. mamaleek
  24. married
  25. means
  26. military
  27. named
  28. pearls
  29. personnel
  30. serving
  31. shajar
  32. slavery
  33. sold
  34. son
  35. sultan
  36. sultanate
  37. teenager
  38. trained
  39. turkic