A Black corps d'élite: an Egyptian Sudanese conscript by Richard Leslie Hill, Peter C. Hogg

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Muhammad 'Ali overruled objections from the Page 8 Egyptian War Office and permitted his governor-general to accept a few outstanding youths who had a grounding in reading and writing Arabic for training and selection as officers. The financial inducements were modest. After 20 years of its existence, the pay differentials between the highest and the lowest in a Nizam regiment bore little comparison with relative pay rates in contemporary American and European armies. 5 RankPay per lunar month in Egyptian piastresRations in piastrescolonel8000726lieutenant-colonel3000271major2500164adjutant-major1250140private 15 20 The sterling exchange rate was then 97 1/2 Egyptian piastres.

Both men were active officers in the new Egyptian army during the campaigns which made possible the foundation of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. Page 4 2 Slavery Centuries of confusion have resulted from the misuse of the term slavery as an omnibus word to denote two disparate forms of it; the first, plantation and domestic slavery, the second, life-long military conscription. Slavery in the first sense was taken for granted in the ancient Middle East and was accepted as a social and economic institution by Christianity and Islam, inheritors of the wisdom of the preceding civilizations of Mesopotamia.

Muhammad 'Ali overruled objections from the Page 8 Egyptian War Office and permitted his governor-general to accept a few outstanding youths who had a grounding in reading and writing Arabic for training and selection as officers. The financial inducements were modest. After 20 years of its existence, the pay differentials between the highest and the lowest in a Nizam regiment bore little comparison with relative pay rates in contemporary American and European armies. 5 RankPay per lunar month in Egyptian piastresRations in piastrescolonel8000726lieutenant-colonel3000271major2500164adjutant-major1250140private 15 20 The sterling exchange rate was then 97 1/2 Egyptian piastres.

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