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Khedive n : one of the Turkish viceroys who ruled Egypt between 1867 and 1914

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A khedive (from Persian: "lord"; Arabic: خديوي ) is a title of high, ministerial rank in the Ottoman Empire, first, and nearly exclusively, used by Muhammad Ali Pasha and his subsequent line of dynastic successors, who ruled Egypt and Sudan from 1805 to 1914.
Muhammad Ali Pasha (c. 1769 - 1849) assumed the title when he took power in 1805. As a general (with the high rank of pasha) of the Ottoman Empire, he had driven Napoleon Bonaparte from Egypt and set himself as a practically independent monarch in all but name. Officially, he and his succeeding heirs held the title as as Ottoman Governor (also known as Viceroy) tributary of Egypt and Sudan to the Ottoman Empire, though in reality the writ of the Porte (the Ottoman court) did not extend to Egypt after Muhammad Ali seized power in 1805. The Empire did not recognize the dynasty's claim to the title until 1867. In 1914, Khedive Abbas II was deposed and his uncle, Husayn, became sultan in his place, ending the khedival style of the Egyptian rulers. Muhammad Ali's dynasty, however, continued through Husayn until 1952.


This title, known for its use by the Muhammad Ali Dynasty of Egypt and Sudan, is recorded in English since 1867, derived via the French khédive from Turkish khidiv, from Persian khidiw "prince," derivative of khuda "master, prince," from Old Persian khvadata- "lord," from the compound khvat-data-, literally "created from oneself," from khvat- (from the Proto-IndoEuropean root swe-tos "from oneself," ablative of base s(w)e-; see idiom) + data- "created."

Egypt from Muhammad Ali to Abbas II

Following the French invasion of Egypt in 1798, and Napoleon's defeat of the Mamluks, the Ottoman Empire dispatched Albanian troops under the command of Muhammad Ali to restore the Empire's authority in what had hitherto been an Ottoman province. However, upon the French defeat and departure, Muhammad Ali seized control of the country and declared himself ruler of Egypt, quickly consolidating an independent local powerbase. After repeated failed attempts to remove and kill him, in 1805, the Porte officially recognized Muhammad Ali as Pasha and Wali (Governor) of Egypt. However, demonstrating his grander ambitions, he claimed for himself the higher Ottoman title of Khedive, as did his successors, Ibrahim Pasha, Abbas I and Sa'id I.
The Muhammad Ali Dynasty’s use of the title Khedive was not sanctioned by the Ottoman Empire until 1867 ,when Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz officially recognized it as the title of Ismail Pasha. Moreover, the Porte accepted Ismail's alteration of the royal line of succession to go from father to son, rather than brother to brother as was the tradition in the Arab World and the Ottoman Empire. In 1879, the Great Powers forced the abdication and exile of Ismail in favor of his son Tewfik who succeeded him as Khedive.
After the nationalist Urabi Revolt of 1882, Britain invaded Egypt in support of Tewfik, and would continue to occupy and dominate the country for decades. During this period, the Muhammad Ali Dynasty under Tewfik and his son Abbas II continued to rule Egypt and Sudan using the title Khedive, whilst still nominally under Ottoman sovereignty. With the outbreak of the First World War, Abbas sided with the Ottoman Empire, which had joined the war on the side of the Central Powers, and was subsequently deposed by the British, who declared Egypt a protectorate. Abbas was replaced by his uncle Husayn who took the sovereign title Sultan, thereby ending the use of the title Khedive.

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Khedive in Belarusian: Хедзіў
Khedive in Bulgarian: Хедив
Khedive in Czech: Chediv
Khedive in German: Khedive
Khedive in Spanish: Jedive
Khedive in French: Khédive
Khedive in Italian: Khedivè
Khedive in Hebrew: ח'דיו
Khedive in Dutch: Khedive
Khedive in Norwegian: Khediv
Khedive in Norwegian Nynorsk: Khediv
Khedive in Polish: Chedyw
Khedive in Portuguese: Quediva
Khedive in Russian: Хедив
Khedive in Swedish: Khediv
Khedive in Turkish: Hıdiv
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