Soliman Pasha al-Faransawi

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Joseph Anthelme Sève, alias Suleiman Pasha, in later life.

Soliman Pasha al-Faransawi (Süleyman Pasha the French; May or July 1788 – 12 March 1860), born Joseph Anthelme Sève, was a French-born Egyptian commander.


Soliman Pasha was born in Lyon. He was a sailor.[1] Later he joined the army of Napoleon Bonaparte. He fought at the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo.[1] Then he converted to Islam and was recruited to help build the Egyptian army on the European model.[citation needed]

He married an Egyptian woman,[2] Maria Myriam Hanem, with whom he had three children, Nazli (future grandmother of Queen Nazli), Aasma and Mahadi. His great-granddaughter was Queen Nazli of Egypt, wife of King Fuad, and mother of King Farouk.[2] Suleiman Pasha died in Cairo.

He still has many descendants living in Egypt.[citation needed]


Tomb of Suleiman Pasha el-Faransawi, Old Cairo, Egypt

His tomb is present in old-Cairo "مصر القديمه" in Cairo. - Cairo


The Statue of Suleiman Pasha

There is a statue of him in the Cairo Military Museum and a bust at the Préfecture in Lyon.


  1. ^ a b George Young (2002). Egypt from the Napoleonic Wars Down to Cromer and Allenby. Gorgias Press LLC. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-931956-88-8. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Weekend Nostalgia". The Middle East Journal. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013.