The Legacy of Mohamed Ali, the founder of Modern Egypt


Course Description

After Napoleon’s brief invasion of Egypt (1798–1801), Egypt rose from its lethargy, energized by modernization plans orchestrated by Mohamed (Mehmet) Ali (17691849), an ethnic Albanian from Macedonia. He described himself as being “born the same year as Napoleon, in Alexander’s birthplace.” To accelerate this modernization, he and his descendants encouraged immigration to Egypt from Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Greece, Italy, and the rest of Europe, thereby creating a new cosmopolitan society. An astute politician, he was able to wrest control of Egypt’s rule from the Ottomans, whom he helped militarily on occasion and whom he later invaded, occupying the Levant (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Southern Turkey). This expansion continued unabated until the British intervened, fearful of a rising Egypt replacing the declining Ottomans as the major power in the Eastern Mediterranean. 

How did this visionary take control of Egypt to found a dynasty that ruled for 150 years? How did he transform Egypt into a modern nation? Was this transformation a lasting one? What remains today of Mohamed Ali’s dream?

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 16 students and that TMI does not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

Location: Atwater

First Session: Wednesday, March 13th, 2024

Course Length: 12 weeks, Wednesdays , 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Discussion Team: Ossama el Naggar, Peter Jankowski, Nusia Matura    

Degree Credit: 3 credits

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)
$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)
$135.00 (promotion for new students)

For 12-week courses, fees are refundable in full before the second session. If the participant withdraws after the second course, they will be charged a $50 fee. There is no refund after the third course has passed. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

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