Muhammad Ali of Egypt

1769 - 1849

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Muhammad Ali (4 March 1769 – 2 August 1849) was an Albanian governor and military commander who was the de facto ruler of Egypt from 1805 to 1848, considered the founder of modern Egypt. At the height of his rule, he controlled Egypt, Sudan, Hejaz, Najd, the Levant, Crete and parts of Greece. He was a military commander in an Albanian Ottoman force sent to recover Egypt from French occupation under Napoleon. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Muhammad Ali of Egypt has received more than 2,587,472 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Muhammad Ali of Egypt is the 243rd most popular politician (up from 344th in 2019), the 33rd most popular biography from Greece (up from 42nd in 2019) and the 9th most popular Greek Politician.

Muhammad Ali of Egypt is most famous for being the first Arab to win an Olympic gold medal.

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Among politicians, Muhammad Ali of Egypt ranks 243 out of 19,576Before him are Catherine I of Russia, Empress Dowager Cixi, Şehzade Mustafa, Suleiman II, Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha, and Leonidas I. After him are Domitian, Muawiyah I, Cleisthenes, Ferdinand I of Austria, António Guterres, and Charles II of Spain.

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Among people born in 1769, Muhammad Ali of Egypt ranks 3Before him are Napoleon, and Alexander von Humboldt. After him are Michel Ney, Georges Cuvier, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Jean Lannes, Jean-de-Dieu Soult, Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ivan Krylov, André-Jacques Garnerin, and Thomas Lawrence. Among people deceased in 1849, Muhammad Ali of Egypt ranks 5Before him are Frédéric Chopin, Edgar Allan Poe, James K. Polk, and Hokusai. After him are Johann Strauss I, Anne Brontë, William II of the Netherlands, France Prešeren, Sándor Petőfi, Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner, and Charles Albert of Sardinia.

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Among people born in Greece, Muhammad Ali of Egypt ranks 33 out of 1,024Before him are Phidias (-490), Hayreddin Barbarossa (1478), Xenophon (-430), Demosthenes (-384), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), and Leonidas I (-540). After him are Ptolemy I Soter (-367), Nurbanu Sultan (1525), Cleisthenes (-565), Gorgias (-483), Themistocles (-524), and Solon (-638).


Among politicians born in Greece, Muhammad Ali of Egypt ranks 9Before him are Kösem Sultan (1590), Philip II of Macedon (-382), Bayezid II (1447), Demosthenes (-384), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), and Leonidas I (-540). After him are Cleisthenes (-565), Solon (-638), Alcibiades (-450), Constantine II of Greece (1940), Peisistratos (-600), and Xanthippe (-500).