|6th Prime Minister of Egypt|
|Reign||18 June 1882 - 21 August 1882|
|Successor||Muhammad Sharif Pasha|
Isma'il ibn Ahmad ibn Hassan bani Yani (Arabic: ? ? ), known simply as Isma'il Ragheb Pasha (Arabic: ? ? ?) (1819-1884), was a Greek Ottoman politician who served as Prime Minister of Egypt and held several other high-ranking government positions.
Isma'il Ragheb was of Greek ancestry and was born in Greece on 18 August 1819 on either the island of Chios following the great massacre or Candia,Crete. After being kidnapped to Anatolia he was brought to Egypt as a slave by Ibrahim Pasha in 1830 and was converted to Islam. Immediately following his arrival, he studied at al-Maktab al-Amiri and obtained his advanced degree in 1834. He was fluent in Greek and was elevated to the rank of First Lieutenant by Egypt's viceroy Muhammad Ali Pasha. In 1836, he became head of the Accounting and Revenue Agencies. He was promoted to the rank of bikbashi (Lieutenant Colonel) in 1840, then kaymakam (Colonel) in 1844, and finally amiralay (Brigadier General) in 1846.
He held the positions of Minister of Finance (1858-1860), then Minister of War (1860-1861). He became Inspector for the Maritime Provinces in 1862, and later Assistant (Arabic: ) to viceroy Isma'il Pasha (1863-1865). He was granted the title of beylerbey and then appointed President of the Privy council in 1868. He was appointed President of the Chamber of Deputies (1866-1867), then Minister of Interior in 1867, then Minister of Agriculture and Trade in 1875. He again held the Finance portfolio in Muhammad Sharif Pasha's first government (1879). After the fall of Mahmoud Sami el-Baroudi's government, Isma'il Ragheb became Prime Minister of Egypt in 1882. Although his government was short-lived (it lasted from 17 June to 21 August only), it was the only one to present concrete programs. His achievements include the modernisation of the budget through the inventory of revenues and expenses, the Law on Salaries, and the La'eha Sa'ideyya as well as several agricultural laws.
PRIME MINISTERS * Ragheb Pasha was Prime Minister from July 12, 1882
This Ragheb Pasha, a decrepit old man with a reputation of venality, was of Greek extraction, and had originally been a Greek slave.
Ragheb Bey, as I knew him first, was a Candiote, a Mussulman of Greek origin, and gifted with the financial cunning of his race. He began political life in Egypt under Said Pasha, as an employee in the financial department where he was speedily promoted to a high...
Isma'il Pasha Raghib and al-Shaykh al-Bakri. Raghib was an established figure in the state administrative machinery, who came from Greek origins, and who had held various portfolios in finance and served as President of the first Majlis Shura al-Nuwwab in 1866.
Ragheb Pasha is (as mentioned by Ninet) of Greek descent, though a Moslem
Isma'il Raghib was born in Greece in 1819; the sources differ over his homeland. After first being kidnapped to Anatolia, he was brought as a slave to Egypt in 1246 (1830/1), by Ibrahim Pasha, and there he was 'converted' from Christianity
Raghib Pasha, the new Minister -- by birth a Sciote Greek, sold into Egypt after the massacre of 1822 -- is said to be an able administrator, and enjoys a high personal character
Ragheb Bey, as I knew him first, was a Candiote, a Mussulman of Greek origin
Isma'il Raghib ...After first being kidnapped to Anatolia, he was brought as a slave to Egypt in 1246 (1830/1), by Ibrahim Pasha, and there he was 'converted' from Christianity
Ismail Raghib was too old and knew no European languages except Greek