Soliman Pasha: Founder of the egyptian modern army (1788 - 1860)
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Soliman Pasha
Founder of the egyptian modern army

Soliman Pasha

Soliman Pasha
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Intro Founder of the egyptian modern army
A.K.A. Joseph Anthelme Sève
Was Military officer Pasha Soldier
From Ottoman Empire France Egypt
Field Military
Gender male
Birth 17 May 1788, Lyon, France
Death 12 March 1860, Cairo, Egypt (aged 71 years)
Star sign Taurus
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Joseph Anthelme Sève, alias Suleiman Pasha, in later life.

Soliman Pasha al-Faransawi (Süleyman Pasha the French; May or July 1788 – 12 March 1860), born Joseph Anthelme Sève, was a French-born Egyptian commander.


Soliman Pasha was born in Lyon. He was a sailor. Later he joined the army of Napoleon Bonaparte. He fought at the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo. Then he converted to Islam and was recruited by Muhammad Ali of Egypt to help build the Egyptian army on the European model. He was placed in charge of a new military academy at Aswan built to train a new model army of Sudanese slaves.

He married a Greek woman, Maria Myriam Hanem, with whom he had three children, Nazli, Aasma and Mahadi. Nazli's granddaughter was Queen Nazli, wife of King Fuad, and mother of King Farouk. Suleiman Pasha died in Cairo.

He still has many descendants living in Egypt.


Tomb of Suleiman Pasha el-Faransawi, Old Cairo, Egypt

His tomb is present in Cairo's Old Cairo quarter, and the body of his wife is buried nearby.


The Statue of Suleiman Pasha

There is a statue of him in the Cairo Military Museum and a bust at the Préfecture in Lyon.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 08 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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