What were the experiences and perceptions?

Experiences on arrival in a strange land 5

Circassians were at first considered by the Ottoman political elite to be a kind of balancing instrument and a new stock of military potential for the future of the Empire. They were often used as security detachments and pioneers in remote and uncontrollable areas. As a reliable, countervailing force used to interdict and discipline Kurds, Turkmen, Druze, Bedouin and other nomads, they were an asset to the Empire from a demographic and military standpoint.

Ayhan Kaya, Circassian Diaspora in Turkey: Stereotypes, Prejudices and Ethnic Relations, in Nedret Kuran-Burcoglu and S. G. Miller (eds.). Representations of the Others in the Mediterranean World and their Impact on the Region, Istanbul: The ISIS Press, 2005: 217-240