Faisal I

Faisal I

Mecca, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Death 8 Sep 1933 (aged 50)
Bern, Verwaltungskreis Bern-Mittelland, Bern, Switzerland
Burial Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
Memorial ID 47222860 · View Source
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King of Iraq. The third son of Husein ibn Ali, sherif of Mecca, he is also called Faisal ibn Husein or Faisal al Husein. Faisal was educated in Constantinople and later sat in the Ottoman parliament as deputy for Jidda. In World War I, he served with the Turkish army in Syria until 1916, when, escaping to Arabia, he joined T.E. Lawrence, who became later known as Lawrence of Arabia, in revolt. Faisal was disappointed in his hope to rule as king over all Arab territory in the Ottoman Empire. His aspirations were partly satisfied in 1920, when a Syrian nationalist congress proclaimed him king, but France, the mandatory power, forced him to abdicate later that year. Largely at the urging of Gertrude M.L. Bell, the British, who held the mandate of Iraq, nominated Faisal as king, and he was confirmed by a plebiscite. As king, he generally cooperated with the British and actively participated in the affairs of government. When Faisal passed away in 1933, his son Ghazi succeeded him as king.

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