I am reading about the Flushing Remonstrance and its significance in the history of freedom of religion in the United States. An article by the Social Science Research Council indicates it was significant in extending liberty beyond the Christian religions:
First, its concept of religious freedom was more generous than any at the time. ... the two contemporary documents often noted in the history of American religious freedom—the 1649 Maryland Toleration Act and the 1663 Rhode Island Royal Charter—restricted their toleration to Christians only. The Flushing Remonstrance, on the other hand, extended the “law of love, peace and liberty” to “Jews, Turks and Egyptians,” and further stated that “our desire is not to offend one of his little ones, in whatsoever form, name or title he appears in, whether Presbyterian, Independent, Baptist or Quaker, but shall be glad to see anything of God in any of them.” ... It should be noted, however, that Catholics are mentioned nowhere in the document.
The reference to Jews is obvious and I understand that the term "Turks" is an historical term for Muslims. I have heard of reference to "the Turk" in Thomas Jefferson's writings on religious liberty as well. However, I do not see an obvious religious correlation for "Egyptians" in the historical context of 1657.
Based on my understanding of the history of religion in Egypt, and the prevalence of Islam in the Ottoman empire, it appears that Islam would equally apply to that country.
To what religious group does the Flushing Remonstrance refer with the word "Egyptians"? If Islam, why is this listed distinctly from "Turks"? Or is it not associated with religion?