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Name of Object:

The fundamental pact


Tunis, Tunisia

Holding Institution:

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

Date of Object:



Mohamed Bey

Material(s) / Technique(s):



Palais du Bardo


This foundational text was drawn up by Mohamed Bey of the Husainid dynasty (1855–1859) under the pressure of the French and English consuls. They had the aim of either adopting or adapting the reforms introduced in Istanbul which required them to provide non-Muslim subjects with semi-secular services, such as the establishment of mixed tribunals avoiding the strict application of the Quran, and also ensured free trade for France and England.

Citation of this web page:

Bechir Yazidi "The fundamental pact " in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2022. https://sharinghistory.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;awe;tn;54;en

Prepared by: Bechir Yazidi
Translation by: Flaminia Baldwin

MWNF Working Number: TN 054

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