Portrait of Saad Zaghloul, leader of Egypt’s 1919 revolution

I found this portrait of the early Egyptian nationalist leader Saad Zaghloul in 1997, hidden away in a furniture and antiques store in the Khan el-Khalili souk in Cairo.  The water-stained and inexpensively printed portrait was not intended for sale: it was being used to fill a gap between the back and glass of a much larger picture frame.  In 1919, Zaghloul led Egypt’s only successful popular revolution in modern times, which resulted in Egypt’s independence from British rule in 1922 and a brief stint for Zaghloul as the country’s first elected prime minister.  Today, though there are streets and squares in Cairo named for Saad Zaghloul (and a street in Alexandria named for his wife, Safiyya) his photograph is rarely seen in Egypt; perhaps this is because ongoing collusion between the British and the Egyptian king meant the independence Zaghloul won was largely an illusion.

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One Response to “Portrait of Saad Zaghloul, leader of Egypt’s 1919 revolution”

  1. Karim says:

    Fantastic!
    Could you please provide some more detailed information on what happened to him.
    Thank you

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