Ibrahim Pasha Letters

Scope and Content

Copies of 84 letters from Ibrahim Pasha to Menlikli Ahmad Pasha, governor of Adana, chiefly concerning the military administration of the region, in particular the control of supplies, appointment of officers, training of recruits, apprehension of deserters, etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ibrahim Pasha (1789-1848) was the eldest son of Muhammad 'Ali Pasha, Viceroy of Egypt. From 1832 to 1840 he was head of the Egyptian military and civil administration of Syria, Palestine and Lebanon. The recipient of the letters, Menlikli Ahmad Pasha (ca.1795-1862), had been one of Ibrahim Pasha's chief commanders during the Syrian campaign and served as governor of Adana from 1835-1836.


The letters are arranged chronologically.

Access Information

Before granting access the University must be satisfied that the documents are needed as a serious and necessary source of information, and researchers must sign a written agreement. All requests for photocopies must be approved by the Mohamed Ali Foundation.

Open for consultation.


Part of : Abbas Hilmi II Papers

Other Finding Aids

Online catalogue, part of the Abbas Hilmi II catalogue, available at online catalogue

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail PG.Library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Location of Originals

The original letters are in private hands in Istanbul.


Woodhead, C., Letters of Misirli Ibrahim Pasa to Menlikli Ahmed Pasha, Governor of Adana, 1843-46, BRISMES bulletin, 16(1), (1989), 49-51

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