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History of Mohhamʼmad ʼAlʼee, and of the remarkable events which have taken place in Egypt since its evacuation by the French, in the year 1801.<sup>1</sup>

Jason Thompson

in Description of Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9789774245251
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970160 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.003.0015
History of Mohhamʼmad ʼAlʼee, and of the remarkable events which have taken place in Egypt since its evacuation by the French, in the year 1801.1

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This chapter discusses the birth and early life of Mohham'mad ‘Al'ee, and the commencement of his military career in Egypt. Mohham'mad ‘Al'ee was born in the year of the flight 1182 (A.D. 1768–9), at Cavalla. In early life, he lost his father, Ibrahee'm A'gha, after which he was brought up in the house of the governor of his native town. He first distinguished himself by undertaking, with a few armed men, to quell an insurrection in a neighbouring village in which he was successful, and for this service his patron, the governor, conferred upon him the rank of booloo ‘k-ba ‘shee, or chief of forty soldiers. He then, without resigning his military rank, became a trader in tobacco; continuing to reside in his native place, until the 33rd year of his age. Later, he got a nominal rank of beem-ba ‘shee, or chief of a thousand men.

Keywords: Mohham'mad ‘Al'ee; military career; Cavalla; Ibrahee'm A'gha; booloo ‘k-ba ‘shee; beem-ba ‘shee

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Subjects: Society and Culture

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