Mehmed Ali

Pages: 160
Subject: Religion: Islam
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic
Illustrations: Illustrations, maps

Mehmed Ali

From Ottoman Governor to Ruler of Egypt

Khaled Fahmy

In this insightful and well-constructed biography, Khaled Fahmy assesses the life of Kavalal? Mehmed Ali Pasha, the founder of modern Egypt.
Hardback
9781851685707 (1 Oct 2008)
RRP £25.00 / US$30.00

The Book

Kavalali Mehmed Ali Pasha (c. 1770-1849), often dubbed "the founder of modern Egypt", was one of the most important figures in the history of the Ottoman Empire. Born in what is now Greece, and seemingly headed for an everyday existence as a tobacco trader, he joined the Ottoman army at the age of thirty, and went on to become both the leader of Egypt for nearly fifty years and the founder of a dynasty that ruled for a century after his death.



In this insightful and well-constructed biography, Khaled Fahmy assesses the renowned ruler's life, and his significant contribution to Egyptian, Ottoman, and Islamic history. Examining the unprecedented economic, military, and social policies that he introduced in Egypt, as well as Mehmed Ali's intricate relationship with his family, Fahmy provides a fresh assessment of this towering nineteenth-century personality.

 

CONTENTS


Acknowledgments

 

1 MACEDONIAN ORIGINS

Birth

Childhood and adolescence

Marriage

 

2 THE EGYPTIAN QUAGMIRE

Hüsrev Pasha: the beginning of a lifelong enmity

The eviction of the Mamluks from Cairo

Sending Hüsrev packing

 

3 CONSOLIDATION OF POWER

The elimination of local rivals

The Mamluk massacre

 

4 ENTRENCHMENT

Building an alternative power base

An economic policy takes shape

The Hijaz campaign

Absolute power

Tightening the screw

Investing in infrastructure

Lingering anxieties

Commercial successes

"The old spider in his den”

 

5 EXPANDING HORIZONS

A fortuitous year

The Greek war

The involvement of the European powers

Hüsrev's reappearance

The "Auspicious Event”

Disaster at Navarino

Preparation for the next round

 

6 THE FINAL SHOWDOWN

The Benefactor

Nagging worries

The invasion of Syria

Crossing the Rubicon

Reorganization and retrenchment

The second Syrian crisis

Seeking hereditary rule

Jubilation

 

7 TRIUMPH

The Pasha and his elite: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Mehmed Ali and the Egyptians

The Pasha's last years

 

8 THE PASHA'S MULTIPLE LEGACIES

What went wrong?

 

Bibliography

Index

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 160
Imprint Oneworld Academic
Illustrations Illustrations, maps

 

About the Author

Khaled Fahmy is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at New York University. He is the author of All the Pasha's Men: Mehmed Ali, His Army and the Making of Modern Egypt.