When the Deaf Communicated for the Seeing and Ran the Courts


THE SECRET SIGN LANGUAGE OF THE OTTOMAN COURT

BY AMELIA SOTH

In the 1600s, the court of the Ottoman Empire employed some 40 deaf servants. They were chosen not in spite of their deafness, but because of it.In the hush of the innermost chamber, the servants and courtiers communicated by hand signals, entrusted with communication between important diplomats and the sultan.

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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