Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Konya (1832)

and that's the way it was

The Battle of Konya, fought on December 21, 1832, was the decisive battle in the 1831-1833 Ottoman-Egyptian War, and in that sense it serv–I’m sorry, you had a question?

Yes, the Ottoman-Egyptian War of 18–yes?

Oh, right. The Ottomans conquered Egypt in 1517, and we haven’t mentioned that they lost Egypt anywhere along the way because they didn’t. Egypt was still Ottoman territory in 1831, and remained so until the early 20th century. So how could there have been an “Ottoman-Egyptian War,” you ask? Wouldn’t it make more sense to call it an Ottoman civil war?

Well, not really. From the earliest days of Ottoman rule, Egypt always had a certain autonomous status within the empire. The Ottomans simply couldn’t manage such a distant, wealthy territory as directly as they were able to manage things in Anatolia and the Balkans. So they left the Mamluk hierarchy more or less intact…

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