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Name of Object:

Khayr al-Din Pacha


La Manouba, Tunis, Tunisia

Holding Institution:

Institut Supérieur d’Histoire Contemporaine de la Tunisie

 About Higher Institute for the Study of Contemporary History of Tunisia, University of Manouba, La Manouba, Tunis

Date of Object:

19th century

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Khayr al-Din Pacha brought in many reforms which significantly changed the precolonial period, to a great extent Westernizing the Beylik of Tunis, which was later portrayed as "modernization". This Mamluk of circasian origin was probably born in 1825, and came to Tunis as a child in 1840. He quickly climbed the ranks and took his father-in-law Mustapha Khaznadar's place as Chief Minister under the rule of Mohamed Sadok Bey from 1873 to 1877. He died in 1890 in Istanbul, where he had served as grand vizier. He appears tall and majestic in this photograph, and carries authority in his piercing gaze. His jacket is richly decorated, bearing the coat of arms of the sovereign who bought him and brought him to Tunis, Ahmed Bey (1835–1855).

Citation of this web page:

Bechir Yazidi "Khayr al-Din Pacha" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2024. https://sharinghistory.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;tn;57;en

Prepared by: Bechir Yazidi
Translation by: Flaminia Baldwin

MWNF Working Number: TN 057

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