Abdullah al-Sharqawi

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Sheikh Abdullah al-Sharqawi (early 17th century, in Egypt – early 18th century) he is known for being the Imam of the Azhar during the French Campaign in Egypt and Syria, and for being one of the Leaders of the resistance against the French Occupation in Egypt, he was also one of the Three Leaders to crown Mehmet Ali Pasha in 1805.

French expedition[edit]

During Napoleon's exile at St. Helena, and when writing his diaries, he states that the Azhar University is as Equal if not more, than the Sorbonne in Paris. Napoleon looked highly upon Al-Azhar Ulama as the elite of the educated class and as the leaders of the people. When he first set foot in Cairo he formed a special council (diwan) to govern the capital. a council that consists of nine Sheikhs under the chairmanship of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Sharkawi, the grand Imam of Al-Azhar at that time. The formation of this council stands as an evidences of the importance of Al-Azhar and the high status of its Imams.

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Sunni Islam titles
Preceded by
Ahmad al-Arusi
Grand Imam of Al-Azhar
1793 – 1812
Succeeded by
Muhammad al-Shanawani