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ʿAlī Bey
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, famous for his successful revolt in Egypt against the Sublime Porte in 1185 (1771), was a Caucasian by birth. According to his contemporary biographer Luisigan, he was born in the year 1728 and named Yūsuf by his father David, a priest of the Greek Church. At the age of thirteen, i. e. in 1741, he is said to have fallen into the hands of brigands who sold him to a certain merchant named Aḥmed. This man, soon after, is said to have brought him to Egypt where he was transferred to Ibrāhīm Katk̲h̲udā who immediately had him circumcised and renamed ʿAlī. ʿAlī was then put under the care of a tutor…

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Koenig, N. A., “ʿAlī Bey”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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