By Ali A. Allawi

ISBN-10: 0300127324

ISBN-13: 9780300127324

Born in 1883, King Faisal I of Iraq used to be a seminal determine not just within the founding of the kingdom of Iraq but in addition within the making of the fashionable center East. In all of the tumult resulting in the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the institution of latest Arab states, Faisal was once a principal participant. His lifestyles traversed all the very important political, army, and highbrow advancements of his times.
This accomplished biography is the 1st to supply a completely rounded photo of Faisal the fellow and Faisal the monarch. Ali A. Allawi recounts the dramatic occasions of his subject’s existence and gives a reassessment of his an important position in advancements within the pre– and post–World conflict I heart East and of his lasting yet underappreciated impact within the zone even eighty years after his death.
A battle-hardened army chief who, with the aid of Lawrence of Arabia, geared up the Arab rebel opposed to the Ottoman Empire; a number one consultant of the Arab reason, along Gertrude Bell, on the Paris Peace convention of 1919; a founding father and king of the 1st self sustaining nation of Syria; the 1st king of Iraq—in his many jobs Faisal overcame innumerable crises and opposing currents whereas striving to construct the constructions of a modern nation. This e-book is the 1st to have the funds for his contributions to center East historical past the eye they deserve.

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But now he was laid out on his bed with an awful yellow-green pallor, his eyes open, his mouth gaping and a curious bandage wrapped around his chin. Or so the scene was described by Musa al-Shabandar, a young official at Iraq’s legation in Geneva and part of Faisal’s Berne entourage, who was at the hotel that night. ) Shabandar was awoken in his room by violent banging on the door by Miss Reed, who shouted at him that the king was dying and that he was needed immediately. Hurriedly dressing, al-Shabandar rushed to the king’s room where he saw that the king had already died.

44 Faisal at lunch in Interlaken, Switzerland, a few hours before his death. His earlier convalescence in Switzerland was cut short by the Assyrian crisis. 45 The funeral of Faisal in Baghdad, September 1933. At the time, it was the largest funeral in the history of the modern Middle East. M APS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. indd xiv The Ottoman Empire, 1798–1923 The Ottoman Empire, 1914 The Hijaz railroad, 1914 The Sykes–Picot Agreement of 1916 The Arab government of Syria (OETE), 1918–1920 Administrative divisions of Ottoman Iraq The Kingdom of Iraq, 1932 page 2 42 106 145 228 338 470 05/11/13 2:56 PM KEY P ER SONA L I T I E S Sharifian family Faisal ibn al-Hussein – king of Syria, king of Iraq, third son of Hussein ibn Ali.

1919 Convening of the Syrian Congress in June. 1919 King–Crane Commission arrives in Damascus in July. 1919 British decision to evacuate forces from Syria by November. 1919 Faisal returns to Britain and France in September. 1920 Faisal returns to Syria in January, with an outline agreement with Clemenceau. 1920 Syrian Congress reconvenes in March, declares independence of Greater Syria and proclaims Faisal king of Syria. 1920 Allies declare Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine as mandates of France and Britain at San Remo Conference in April.

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