Muhammad Ali dynasty

Summary

Muhammad Ali dynasty
الأسرة العلوية
Kavalalılar Hanedanı

Alawiyya dynasty
Coat of arms of Egypt (1922–1953).svg
CountryEgypt and Sudan
Founded1805 (Muhammad Ali's consolidation of power)
FounderMuhammad Ali Pasha
Final rulerFuad II
TitlesWāli (unrecognised Khedive) of Egypt (1805–1867)
Khedive of Egypt (1867–1914)
Sultan of Egypt (1914–1922)
King of Egypt (1922–1951)
King of Egypt and the Sudan (1951-1953)
Estate(s)Egypt, Sudan, and South Sudan
Deposition1953 (abolition of monarchy following the Egyptian Revolution of 1952)
Map of Egypt under Muhammad Ali's dynasty

The Muhammad Ali dynasty was the ruling dynasty of Egypt and Sudan from the 19th to the mid-20th century. It is named after its progenitor, Muhammad Ali Pasha, regarded as the founder of modern Egypt. It was also more formally known as the Alawiyya or Alawite dynasty in contemporary English, and as Al-ʾUsra al-ʿAlawiyya (الأسرة العلوية) in Arabic. Because a majority of the rulers from this dynasty bore the title Khedive, it was often referred to by contemporaries as the Khedival dynasty.

Introduction

Muhammad Ali was a commander in the Ottoman army that was sent to drive Napoleon's forces out of Egypt. However, after Bonaparte's withdrawal, he aligned himself with Omar Makram, the leader of Egyptian resistance against the French, seized power himself, and forced the Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II to recognise him as Wāli (Governor) of Egypt in 1805. Demonstrating his grander ambitions, he took the far higher title of Khedive, an honourific used by the Sultan himself. His sons and successors as Egypt's ruler, Ibrahim Pasha, Abbas I, and Sa'id Pasha, would all follow his example in using the title, however, this was not sanctioned by the Sublime Porte until the reign of his grandson Isma'il the Magnificent in 1867.

He traced his ancestry back to Ibrahim Aga, an Albanian who lived in Kavala, Greece[1][2][3]

Through his reforms, and military campaigns, Muhammad Ali transformed Egypt into a regional power which he saw as the natural successor to the decaying Ottoman Empire. He constructed a military state with around four percent of the populace serving the army to raise Egypt to a powerful positioning in the Ottoman Empire. Muhammad Ali summarised his vision for Egypt in this way:

I am well aware that the [Ottoman] Empire is heading by the day toward destruction. ... On her ruins I will build a vast kingdom ... up to the Euphrates and the Tigris.

— Georges Douin, ed., Une Mission militaire française auprès de Mohamed Aly, correspondance des Généraux Belliard et Boyer (Cairo: Société Royale de Géographie d'Égypte, 1923), p.50

Muhammad Ali conquered Sudan in the first half of his reign, establishing the foundations of what would eventually become the modern Sudanese state. Egyptian control in Sudan would be consolidated and expanded under his successors, most notably Ibrahim Pasha's son, Isma'il the Magnificent.

At the height of his power, the military strength of Muhammad Ali and Ibrahim Pasha did indeed threaten the very existence of the Ottoman Empire, as he sought to supplant the Osman Dynasty with his own. Ultimately, however, the intervention of the Great Powers prevented Egyptian forces from marching on Constantinople, and compelled Muhammad Ali to reconcile himself with the Ottoman Sultan. Henceforth, with Egypt's eastern frontier fixed at the boundary between Sinai and Ottoman Palestine, his dynasty's territorial expansion would be restricted to Africa.

Khedivate and British occupation

Though Muhammad Ali and his descendants used the title of Khedive (Viceroy) in preference to the lesser Wāli, this was not recognized by the Porte until 1867 when Sultan Abdulaziz officially sanctioned its use by Isma'il Pasha and his successors. In contrast to his grandfather's policy of war against the Porte, Isma'il sought to strengthen the position of Egypt and Sudan and his dynasty using less confrontational means, and through a mixture of flattery and bribery, Isma'il secured official Ottoman recognition of Egypt and Sudan's virtual independence. This freedom was severely undermined in 1879 when the Sultan colluded with the Great Powers to depose Isma'il in favor of his son Tewfik. Three years later, Egypt and Sudan's freedom became little more than symbolic when the United Kingdom invaded and occupied the country, ostensibly to support Khedive Tewfik against his opponents in Ahmed Orabi's nationalist government. While the Khedive would continue to rule over Egypt and Sudan in name, in reality, ultimate power resided with the British High Commissioner.

Khedive Isma'il

In defiance of the Egyptians, the British proclaimed Sudan to be an Anglo-Egyptian Condominium, a territory under joint British and Egyptian rule rather than an integral part of Egypt. This was continually rejected by Egyptians, both in government and in the public at large, who insisted on the "unity of the Nile Valley", and would remain an issue of controversy and enmity between Egypt and Britain until Sudan's independence in 1956.

Sultanate and Kingdom

In 1914, Khedive Abbas II sided with the Ottoman Empire which had joined the Central Powers in the World War I, and was promptly deposed by the British in favor of his uncle Hussein Kamel. The legal fiction of Ottoman sovereignty over Egypt and Sudan, which had for all intents and purposes ended in 1805, was officially terminated, Hussein Kamel was declared Sultan of Egypt and Sudan, and the country became a British Protectorate. With nationalist sentiment rising, as evidenced by the revolution of 1919, Britain formally recognized Egyptian independence in 1922, and Hussein Kamel's successor, Sultan Fuad I, substituted the title of King for Sultan. However, British occupation and interference in Egyptian and Sudanese affairs persisted. Of particular concern to Egypt was Britain's continual efforts to divest Egypt of all control in Sudan. To both the King and the nationalist movement, this was intolerable, and the Egyptian Government made a point of stressing that Fuad and his son King Farouk I were "King of Egypt and Sudan".

Dissolution

The reign of Farouk was characterised by ever increasing nationalist discontent over the continuing British occupation, royal corruption and incompetence, and the disastrous Palestine War of 1948-1949. All these factors served to terminally undermine Farouk's position, and paved the way for the Egyptian Revolution of 1952. Farouk was forced to abdicate in favor of his infant son Ahmed Fuad, who became King Fuad II, while administration of the country passed to the Free Officers Movement under Mohamed Naguib and Gamal Abdel Nasser. The infant king's reign lasted less than a year, and on 18 June 1953, the revolutionaries abolished the monarchy, and declared Egypt a republic, ending a century and a half of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty's rule.

Reigning members (1805–1952)

King Farouk I

Wālis, self-declared as Khedives (1805–1867)

  • Muhammad Ali (9 July 1805 – 1 September 1849)
  • Ibrahim (reigned as Wāli briefly during his father's incapacity) (1 September 1849 – 10 November 1849)
  • Abbas I (10 November 1849 – 13 July 1854)
  • Sa‘id (13 July 1854 – 18 January 1863)
  • Isma'il (18 January 1863 – 8 June 1867)

Khedives (1867–1914)

  • Isma'il (8 June 1867 – 26 June 1879)
  • Tewfik (26 June 1879 – 7 January 1892)
  • Abbas II (8 January 1892 – 19 December 1914)

Sultans (1914–1922)

Kings (1922–1952)

  • Fuad I (16 March 1922 – 28 April 1936)
  • Farouk (28 April 1936 – 26 July 1952)
    • Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik (Chairman Council of Regency during Farouk I's minority) (28 April 1936 – 29 July 1937)
  • Fuad II (26 July 1952 – 18 June 1953)
    • Prince Muhammad Abdel Moneim (Chairman Council of Regency during Fuad II's minority) (26 July 1952 – 18 June 1953)

Non-ruling members

Family tree

Monarch
Muhammad Ali
17691849
wāli (viceroy): 1805–1848
Tusun pasha
17941816
Monarch
Ibráhím
17891848
wāli (viceroy): 1848
Monarch
Saíd
18221863
wāli (viceroy): 1854–1863
Monarch
Abbas I
18131854
wāli (viceroy): 1848–1854
Monarch
Ismáíl
18301895
khedive (viceroy): 1863–1879
Monarch
Taufík
18521892
khedive (viceroy): 1879–1892
Monarch
Huszain Kámil
18531917
sultan: 1914–1917
Monarch
Fuad I
18681936
sultan: 1917-1922
king: 1922–1936
Monarch
Abbas II
18741944
khedive (viceroy): 1892–1914
Muhammad Ali
18751955
regent: 1936–1937
Monarch
Fárúk
19201965
king: 1936–1952
Muhammad Abd el-Munim
18991979
regent: 1952–1953
Monarch
Fuad II
1952
king: 1952–1953

See also

Bibliography

  • Hassan, H. (2000). In the House of Muhammad Ali: A Family Album, 1805–1952. American University in Cairo Press. ISBN 978-977-424-554-1. OCLC 45016821.

References

  1. ^ Aksan, Virginia (2013) [2007]. Ottoman Wars, 1700–1860: An Empire Besieged. Routledge. pp. 306–307. ISBN 978-0-582-30807-7.
  2. ^ Kia, Mehrdad (2017). The Ottoman Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia [2 volumes]. ABC-CLIO. p. 87. ISBN 9781610693899.
  3. ^ {{Cite book | title = A Biographical Dictionary of Albanian History | author = Robert Elsie | publisher = I.B.Tauris | year = 2012 | isbn = 9781780764313 | page = 303 | url= https://books.google.com/books?id=pgf6GWJxuZgC&pg=PA303%7D%7D

External links

  • The Genealogy of the Egyptian Royal family at Genealogical Gleanings
  • "The Royal House of Mehmet Ali". Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  • "Family tree of the House of Mohammed Aly". Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  • "The Royal Order of the Crown of Egypt" (in German). Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-19.