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THE POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY.

The language of the Yuruks resembles much the Turkish. In their dialect, words and even syntactic forms are also found which recall the Persian and Arabic languages.

Their creed is Islamism, although they do not observe all its precepts. Thus, they build no mosques, and do not confine themselves

PSM V43 D198 Tents of the yuruk.jpg

Fig. 2. — Tents of the Yuruks.

to the obligation of the five daily prayers imposed upon all good Mohammedans. Neither do they undergo the long and painful fasting of the Ramazan. Their women do not cover their faces as do the Turkish ladies.

The Yuruks who dwell in the plains which extend from the