Rabah Zobeir >>
He had pressed strongly for the employment of Zobeir as an absolute necessity for success (3rd of March); but this was refused, since Sir H.
The country in 1871 had been conquered by the sultan of Wadai, and about 1890 was over-run by Rabah Zobeir who subsequently removed farther west to Bornu.
Zobeir Rahama >>
The modern town of Zobeir, a sort of health suburb, occupied by the villas of well-to-do inhabitants of Basra, lies near the ruin mounds which mark the situation of the ancient city.
The most powerful of the slave traders was Zobeir Pasha, who, having defeated a force sent from Khartum to reduce him to obedience, invaded Darfur (1874).
The khedive, fearing the power of Zobeir, also sent an expedition to Darfur, and that country, after a stout resistance, was conquered.
Zobeir claimed to be made governorgeneral of the new province; his request being refused, he went to Cairo to urge his claim.
In 1877 Gordon suppressed a revolt in Darfur and received the submission of Suliman Zobeir (a son of Zobeir Pasha), who was at the head of a gang of slave-traders on the Bahr-el-Ghazal frontier.
A remnant of Zobeir's troops under a chief named Rabah succeeded in escaping westward, (see Rabah).
As the only means of preserving authority at Khartum (and thus securing the peaceful withdrawal of the garrison) Gordon repeatedly telegraphed to Cairo asking that Zobeir Pasha might be sent to him, his intention being to hand over to Zobeir the government of the country.
Zobeir (q.v.), a Sudanese Arab, was probably the one man who could have withstood successfully the Mandi_ Owing to Zobeir's notoriety as a slave-raider Gordon's request was refused.
In 1820-22 Nubia, Sennar and Kordofan had been conquered by Egypt, and the authority of the Egyptians was subsequently extended southward, eastward to the Red Sea and westward over Darfur (conquered by Zobeir Pasha in 1874).
He then returned to Khartum, and in 1879 went again into Darfur to pursue the slave traders, while his subordinate, Gessi Pasha, fought them with great success in the Bahr-el-Ghazal district and killed Suleiman, their leader and a son of Zobeir.
At the same time he was impressed with the necessity of making some arrangement for the future government of the country, and asked for the help of Zobeir (q.v.), who had great influence in the Sudan, and had been detained in Cairo for some years.
But, after delays which involved the loss of much precious time, the British government refused (13th of March) to sanction the appointment, because Zobeir had been a notorious slave-hunter.
Dem Zobeir, formerly the chief station of Zobeir Rahama, is near the Biri tributary of the Chel, in 7Ã‚° 40' N., 26Ã‚° 10 E.
These twelve constellations, with the symbols of the signs which correspond to them, are as follows: - Gordon and Zobeir met in Cairo on the 25th and 26th of January (see Egypt No.
12 of 1884) and Gordon from that time onward asked for Zobeir's help. It was not, however, until the 10th of March that his wish was made public, in a telegram from Khartum published in The Times.
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