Prior to becoming sultan, Fuad had played a major role in the establishment of Cairo University
. He became the university's first rector
in 1908, and remained in the post until his resignation in 1913. He was succeeded as rector by then-minister of Justice Hussein Rushdi Pasha
. In 1913, Fuad made unsuccessful attempts to secure the throne of Albania
for himself, which had obtained its independence from the Ottoman Empire
a year earlier. At the time, Egypt and Sudan was ruled by his nephew, Abbas II
, and the likelihood of Fuad becoming the monarch in his own country seemed remote. This, and the fact that the Muhammad Ali dynasty was of Albanian descent, encouraged Fuad to seek the Albanian throne.
Fuad also served as President of the Egyptian Geographic Society
from 1915 until 1918.
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Fuad came under consideration as a candidate for the Albanian throne, but he was ultimately bypassed in favour of a Christian ruler. He ascended the throne of the Sultanate of Egypt
upon the death of his brother Hussein Kamel
in 1917. In the aftermath of the Egyptian Revolution of 1919
, the United Kingdom ended its protectorate over Egypt, and recognised it as a sovereign state on 28 February 1922. On 15 March 1922, Fuad issued a decree changing his title from Sultan of Egypt
to King of Egypt
. In 1930, he attempted to strengthen the power of the Crown by abrogating the 1923 Constitution
and replacing it with a new constitution that limited the role of parliament to advisory status only. Large scale public dissatisfaction compelled him to restore the earlier constitution in 1935.
The 1923 Constitution granted Fuad vast powers. He made frequent use of his right to dissolve Parliament
. During his reign, cabinets were dismissed at royal will, and parliaments never lasted for their full four-year term but were dissolved by decree.
Creation of the Royal Archives
Fuad was an instrumental force in modern Egyptian historiography. He employed numerous archivists to copy, translate, and arrange eighty-seven volumes of correspondence related to his paternal ancestors from European archives, and later to collect old documents from Egyptian archives into what became the Royal Archives in the 1930s. Fuad's efforts to portray his ancestors — especially his great-grandfather Muhammad Ali, his grandfather Ibrahim
, and his father — as nationalists and benevolent monarchs would prove to be an enduring influence on Egyptian history.
Fuad married his first wife in Cairo, on 30 May 1895 (nikah), and at the Abbasiya Palace
in Cairo, on 14 February 1896 (zifaf), Princess Shivakiar Khanum Effendi
(1876–1947). She was his first cousin once removed and the only daughter of Field Marshal Prince Ibrahim Fahmi Ahmad Pasha (his first cousin) by his first wife, Vijdan Navjuvan Khanum. They had two children, a son, Ismail Fuad, who died in infancy, and a daughter, Fawkia. Unhappily married, the couple divorced in 1898. During a dispute with the brother of his first wife, Prince Ahmad Saif-uddin Ibrahim Bey, Fuad was shot in the throat. He survived, but carried that scar the rest of his life.
Fuad married his second wife at the Bustan Palace in Cairo on 24 May 1919. She was Nazli Sabri
(1894–1978), daughter of Abdu'r-Rahim Pasha Sabri, sometime Minister of Agriculture and Governor of Cairo, by his wife, Tawfika Khanum Sharif
. Queen Nazli also was a maternal granddaughter of Major-General Muhammad Sharif Pasha
, sometime Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, and a great-granddaughter of Suleiman Pasha
, a French officer in Napoleon
's army who converted to Islam
and reorganized the Egyptian army. The couple had five children, the future King Farouk
, and four daughters, the Princesses Fawzia
(who became Queen Consort of Iran), Faiza
, and Fathiya
As with his first wife, Fuad's relation with his second wife was also stormy. The couple continually fought, Fuad even forbidding Nazli from leaving the palace. When Fuad died, it was said that the triumphant Nazli sold all of his clothes to a local used-clothes market in revenge. Fuad died at the Koubbeh Palace
and was buried at the Khedival Mausoleum
in the ar-Rifai Mosque
King Fuad’s wife lived as a widow after his death. She did not have good relations with her son. After Fuad’s death, she left Egypt and went to the United States. She converted to Catholicism in 1950 and changed her name to Mary Elizabeth. She got deprived of her rights and titles in Egypt. Once named the world’s richest and most elegant woman, she possessed one of the largest jewellery collections in the world.
The Fuad (Fū’ād) (فؤاد الأول) Muslim Library in China was named after him by the Chinese Muslim Ma Songting
Muḥammad 'Ibrāhīm Fulayfil (محمد إبراهيم فليفل) and Muḥammad ad-Dālī (محمد الدالي) were ordered to Beijing by the King.
- Shivakiar Khanum Effendi (1876–1947)
- Nazli Sabri (1894–1978)
- 26 March 1868 – 9 October 1917: His Highness Ahmed Fuad Pasha
- 9 October 1917 – 15 March 1922: His Highness The Sultan of Egypt and Sudan, Sovereign of Nubia, Kordofan, and Darfur
- 15 March 1922 – 28 April 1936: His Majesty The King of Egypt and Sudan, Sovereign of Nubia, Kordofan, and Darfur
- Founder and Sovereign of the Order of Agriculture
- Founder and Sovereign of the Order of Culture
- Founder and Sovereign of the Order of Commerce and Industry
- Order of the Medjidie, 1st Class, 1893
- Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, 1911
- Grand Cross of the Order of the Redeemer, 1912
- Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB), 1917
- Imperial Order of Persia, 1919
- Grand Cross of the Order of the Tower and Sword, 1920
- Commander Grand Cross of the Order of Vasa, 1921
- Grand Cross w/Collar of the Order of Carol I, 1921
- Collar of the Order of the Chrysanthemum, 1921
- Knight of the Order of the Most Holy Annunciation, 1922
- Collar of the Order of Charles III, 1922
- Grand Cordon of the Order of the Renaissance of the Hejaz, 1922
- Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion, 1925
- Grand Collar of the Order of the Supreme Sun, 1927
- Grand Collar of the Kingdom of Albania, 1927
- Royal Victorian Chain (RVC), 1927
- Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour, 1927
- Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold, 1927
- Grand Cordon of the Order of the Umayyads of Syria, 1927
- Collar of the Order of the White Lion of Czechoslovakia, 1927
- Grand Cross of the Order of the White Eagle, 1932
- Knight of the Royal Order of the Seraphim, 1933
- Knight of the Order of the Royal House of Chakri, 1934
- Knight of the Order of the Elephant, 1932
- Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland, 1935
- Grand Collar of the Order of the Crown, 1935
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