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Isma'il Pasha

1830 - 1895

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Isma'il Pasha (Arabic: إسماعيل باشا Ismā‘īl Bāshā; 12 January 1830 – 2 March 1895), most commonly known as Ismail the Magnificent, was the Khedive of Egypt and ruler of Sudan from 1863 to 1879, when he was removed at the behest of Great Britain and France. Sharing the ambitious outlook of his grandfather, Muhammad Ali Pasha, he greatly modernized Egypt and Sudan during his reign, investing heavily in industrial and economic development, urbanization, and the expansion of the country's boundaries in Africa. His philosophy can be glimpsed in a statement that he made in 1879: "My country is not longer only in Africa; we are now part of Europe, too. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Isma'il Pasha has received more than 732,030 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Isma'il Pasha is the 1,891st most popular politician (up from 2,279th in 2019), the 105th most popular biography from Egypt (up from 125th in 2019) and the 47th most popular Egyptian Politician.

Isma'il Pasha was most famous for being the viceroy of Egypt and Sudan from 1863 to 1879. He was also the father of Khedive Tewfik Pasha, who succeeded him as ruler of Egypt and Sudan.

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Among politicians, Isma'il Pasha ranks 1,891 out of 15,577Before him are Fumio Kishida, Justin II, William II of Sicily, Sancho II of Castile and León, Tabaré Vázquez, and Nur Muhammad Taraki. After him are Andrew III of Hungary, Rafic Hariri, King Elah, Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy, Maria Sophie of Bavaria, and Alfonso II of Aragon.

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Among people born in 1830, Isma'il Pasha ranks 13Before him are Isabella II of Spain, Paul Heyse, Hector Malot, Julius Lothar Meyer, Porfirio Díaz, and Eadweard Muybridge. After him are Hans von Bülow, Louise Michel, Étienne-Jules Marey, Élisée Reclus, Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg, and Frederic Leighton. Among people deceased in 1895, Isma'il Pasha ranks 11Before him are Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Thomas Henry Huxley, Empress Myeongseong, Julius Lothar Meyer, Adam Opel, and José Martí. After him are Friedrich Miescher, Franz von Suppé, Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen, Arthur Cayley, Julia, Princess of Battenberg, and Frederick Douglass.

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Among people born in Egypt, Isma'il Pasha ranks 105 out of 582Before him are Userkaf (-2600), Shepseskaf (-2600), Dorothy Hodgkin (1910), Yusuf al-Qaradawi (1926), Djet (-3000), and Mohamed ElBaradei (1942). After him are Cleopatra V of Egypt (-100), Al-Suyuti (1445), Georges Moustaki (1934), Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani (1372), Maria al-Qibtiyya (600), and Mohamed Hussein Tantawi (1935).


Among politicians born in Egypt, Isma'il Pasha ranks 47Before him are Seti II (-1300), Teti (-2350), Kamose (-1600), Userkaf (-2600), Shepseskaf (-2600), and Djet (-3000). After him are Cleopatra V of Egypt (-100), Mohamed Hussein Tantawi (1935), Al-Kamil (1177), Seqenenre Tao (-1600), Sekhemkhet (-2800), and Alexander Helios (-40).