Husaynid Dynasty

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(r. 1705–1957)

Founded by Husayn ibn Ali, this dynasty ruled Tunisia during an era of increasing external pressures. The Bardo Treaty, signed after France invaded Tunisia (1881), left Muhammad al-Sadiq on the throne but without any real authority. This long period of political impotence, lack of interest in or sympathy for the nationalist movements, and enormous popularity for the nationalist leader Habib Bourguiba all contributed to the ease with which al-Amin Bey (r. 1943–57) was deposed and the monarchy abolished.

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