Yeah, I’m just learning/relearning about this stuff tonight. When you said what you said about Egyptians it inspired me to do a little research and I hadn’t realized Egyptian was in common use for so long. I shouldn’t be surprised at the holes in my education but I’m trying my best to fill in the gaps.
Actually, before Great Britain + France stuck their noses in their business, the Ottoman Empire did a pretty good job at “Status Quo”, allowing each of the cultures within their realms to retain all of their cultures, so long as they followed some basic rules, paid taxes, whatever. Surprisingly secular government when it came to administration of diversity.