ABSTRACT

A mong the inner circle of Wingate’s confidants, Slatin Pasha reigned supreme. Slatin resigned from the Egyptian army following the battle of Karari. As assistant-director of intelligence since March 1895, he had played a significant role in the reconquest, particularly after the capture of Omdurman, when, as the only officer who was familiar with the town and its people, he rendered indispensable advice in establishing the new military administration.1 Yet, despite this, he decided to retire. He felt that he was disliked by Kitchener and that following the setting up of the Condominium, his position as the only officer who was neither Egyptian nor British would become unbearable.2 Thus in February 1899 Slatin left Egypt as a private citizen, having served in the Sudan for twenty-two years. However, before sailing, he was recruited by the Sudan Territories Exploration Syndicate to undertake a prospecting tour into the Nuba Mountains and in January 1900 he returned to Cairo in his new capacity as prospecting agent.3