French campaign in Egypt and Syria

Bonaparte's administration of Egypt
Napoleon in Cairo, by Jean-Léon Gérôme
1798 Aug 2

Bonaparte's administration of Egypt

Cairo, Egypt

After the naval defeat at Aboukir, Bonaparte's campaign remained land-bound. His army still succeeded in consolidating power in Egypt, although it faced repeated nationalist uprisings, and Napoleon began to behave as absolute ruler of all Egypt. In a largely unsuccessful effort to gain the support of the Egyptian population, Bonaparte issued proclamations that cast him as a liberator of the people from Ottoman and Mamluk oppression, praising the precepts of Islam and claiming friendship between France and the Ottoman Empire despite French intervention in the breakaway state.