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Anwar Sadat's Personal Details

Anwar Sadat was the third President of Egypt and has been awarded the Nobel Prize for his peace initiatives

InformationDetail
BirthdayDecember 25, 1918
Died onOctober 6, 1981
NationalityEgyptian
FamousFormer President of Egypt, Leaders, Presidents
SpousesEqbal Madi, Jehan Sadat
SiblingsAtef El Sadat
Known asAnwar El Sadat, Anwar as-Sādāt, Anwar El-Sadat
Childrens Camelia Sadat, Gamal Sadat, Jihan Sadat, Lubna Sadat, Noha Sadat, Rawya Sadat, Ruqayyah Sadat
Founder / Co-Founder
  • National Democratic Party
  • Suez Canal University
Cause of deathAssassination
Birth PlaceMit Abu al-Kum
ReligionSunni Islam, Islam
GenderMale
FatherAnwar Muhammed El Sadat
MotherSit Al-Berain
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inMit Abu al-Kum
Famous asFormer President of Egypt
Died at Age62

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Who is Anwar Sadat?

Anwar Sadat was the 3rd President of Egypt, following two terms as the Vice President under his friend Gamal Abdel Nasser. The two of them had worked in the military together and founded the ‘Free Officers’, which opposed British rule of the country. During World War II, Sadat was sympathetic to the Axis Powers and admired how they thwarted the British. Nasser then became President, and Sadat worked closely by his side until his untimely death. Sadat assumed the role and launched both the ‘Correction Revolution’ and the ‘Yom Kippur War’ to rid his country of extreme socialists. Over time, his methods became unpopular and uprisings occurred to oppose his rule. Perhaps he is best known for signing a peace treaty with Israel, after the Camp David Accords hosted by US President Carter. He won the Nobel Peace Prize, but citizens in his own country were less than thrilled by this move. The Sinai treaty with the Israel enraged the Islamists and they started plotting against the ruling government. After the Islamists plans of overthrowing the Government were thwarted, Sadat ordered a crackdown in which more than a thousand opposition leaders and members were arrested. Ultimately, an opposing group assassinated him during a victory parade. To know more about his life read on the following biography.

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Childhood & Early Life

Sadat was born to Anwar Mohammed El Sadat, from Upper Egypt, and Sit Al-Berain, from the Sudan. Sadat was frequently bullied in his early life for being of mixed decent.

He was born to a very poor family and was one of thirteen brothers and sisters. He was the favorite of his grandmother, who would tell him historical stories. In 1938, he graduated from the ‘Royal Military Academy’ in Cairo.

Career

In 1939, he entered the army and was posted to Sudan where he met Gamal Abdel Nasser. Together they founded the ‘Free Officers’, a secret group that would aim to free their country from the British rule.

In the 1940s, he was imprisoned for helping the Axis Powers in WWII against the ruling British regime.

On July 23, 1952, the ‘Free Officers’ sparked a revolution that overthrew King Farouk. Sadat announced this news over the Egyptian radio.

In 1954, he was promoted to Minister of State under his friend, President Gamal Abdel Nasser. He also served as the editor for the news daily ‘Al Gomhuria’, founded after the country gained its independence from the British.

In 1959, he moved up in the ranks once more to serve as Secretary to the National Union. The following year, he served as President to the National Assembly and stayed there for eight years.

In 1964, he was elected as Vice President of Egypt under Nasser. He successfully retained his position five years later when he got re-elected.

In 1970, he assumed the role of President after Nasser’s death. It was public opinion that his presidency would not be a long one, as most viewed him simply a puppet of Nasser's.

On May 15, 1971, Sadat aimed to prove the citizens of Egypt wrong by launching his ‘Corrective Revolution’, aimed to rid the government of Arabic socialists and welcome an Islamic movement.

In 1971, Sadat supported a failed peace proposal for the ‘War of Attrition’ that was not accepted either by the US or Israel.

On October 6, 1973, he launched the ‘Yom Kippur War’, which was a surprise attack against the Israeli occupation of the Sinai Peninsula. After this, he was known as the ‘Hero of the Crossing’.

In October of 1975, Sadat visited the US to get some religious support from Evangelical Christians. The following year, he visited the Vatican and got support from the Pope.

Things took a turn for the worse when in 1977 the ‘Bread Riots’ protested Sadat’s economic policy that raised prices of necessities, like bread.

Following the ‘Camp David Accords’ with the West, he signed a peace treaty with the Israeli Prime Minister in 1979, although it was unpopular in the Arab world, and they were suspended from the Arab League.

In February 1981, he ordered an extraordinarily unpopular arrest of over 1,500 people that opposed his regime.

On October 6, 1981, Sadat was assassinated during a victory parade as a direct result of his unpopular rulings by a Jihad cell led by Khalid Islambouli. Eleven other people were killed.

Major Works

He became the 3rd President of Egypt in 1970 and aimed to free the country from the oppressive socialist rule.

He launched the ‘Yom Kippur War’ in 1973 to get rid of the Israeli forces occupying parts of his country. The war was a success and astounded the entire Arab world.

He signed a peace treaty with Israel after the ‘Camp David Accords’ and was then awarded the ‘Nobel Peace Prize’.

Awards & Achievements

He served as Prime Minister, Vice President, and President of Egypt.

In 1978, he was awarded the ‘Nobel Peace Prize’ in conjunction with Menachem Begin for signing the peace treaty at Camp David.

He won the ‘Prince of Peace Award’, given by a Southern Baptist minister, Pat Robertson.

Personal Life & Legacy

He was married to Ehsan Madi, but they divorced so he could marry Jehan Raouf in 1949. They had four children named Lubna, Noha, Gamal, and Jehan.

He wrote and published five books during his life, the most popular being his autobiography, ‘In Search of Identity’, released in 1978.

His widow worked in the US at the ‘University of Maryland’, where the ‘Anwar Sadat Chair for Development and Peace’ was established in 1997.

In 1983, a miniseries called ‘Sadat’ was aired on US television but banned in Egypt due to historical inaccuracy. A film was released in Egypt called ‘Days of Sadat’ and was an enormous success.

Net Worth

At the time of his death, Sadat had amassed the majority of his wealth through politics. According to a statement released by his brother, the net worth of their family was only $2 million as opposed to the rumor $148 million. However, this $2 million is still over ten times the net worth his family declared to avoid taxes.

Trivia

He was the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel. He reportedly idolized both Gandhi, for his peaceful protests, and Nazi Germany, for their tactics against the British.

Famed actor Louis Gossett, Jr. portrayed him in the miniseries titled “Sadat.”

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Nobel Peace Prize

Anwar Sadat biography timelines

  • // 25th Dec 1918 To 6th Oct 1981
    Sadat was born to Anwar Mohammed El Sadat, from Upper Egypt, and Sit Al-Berain, from the Sudan. Sadat was frequently bullied in his early life for being of mixed decent.
  • // 1938
    He was born to a very poor family and was one of thirteen brothers and sisters. He was the favorite of his grandmother, who would tell him historical stories. In 1938, he graduated from the ‘Royal Military Academy’ in Cairo.
  • // 1939
    In 1939, he entered the army and was posted to Sudan where he met Gamal Abdel Nasser. Together they founded the ‘Free Officers’, a secret group that would aim to free their country from the British rule.
  • // 1949
    He was married to Ehsan Madi, but they divorced so he could marry Jehan Raouf in 1949. They had four children named Lubna, Noha, Gamal, and Jehan.
  • // 23rd Jul 1952
    On July 23, 1952, the ‘Free Officers’ sparked a revolution that overthrew King Farouk. Sadat announced this news over the Egyptian radio.
  • // 1954
    In 1954, he was promoted to Minister of State under his friend, President Gamal Abdel Nasser. He also served as the editor for the news daily ‘Al Gomhuria’, founded after the country gained its independence from the British.
  • // 1959
    In 1959, he moved up in the ranks once more to serve as Secretary to the National Union. The following year, he served as President to the National Assembly and stayed there for eight years.
  • // 1964
    In 1964, he was elected as Vice President of Egypt under Nasser. He successfully retained his position five years later when he got re-elected.
  • // 1970
    In 1970, he assumed the role of President after Nasser’s death. It was public opinion that his presidency would not be a long one, as most viewed him simply a puppet of Nasser's.
  • // 1970
    He became the 3rd President of Egypt in 1970 and aimed to free the country from the oppressive socialist rule.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, Sadat supported a failed peace proposal for the ‘War of Attrition’ that was not accepted either by the US or Israel.
  • // 15th May 1971
    On May 15, 1971, Sadat aimed to prove the citizens of Egypt wrong by launching his ‘Corrective Revolution’, aimed to rid the government of Arabic socialists and welcome an Islamic movement.
  • // 1973
    He launched the ‘Yom Kippur War’ in 1973 to get rid of the Israeli forces occupying parts of his country. The war was a success and astounded the entire Arab world.
  • // 6th Oct 1973
    On October 6, 1973, he launched the ‘Yom Kippur War’, which was a surprise attack against the Israeli occupation of the Sinai Peninsula. After this, he was known as the ‘Hero of the Crossing’.
  • // 1975
    In October of 1975, Sadat visited the US to get some religious support from Evangelical Christians. The following year, he visited the Vatican and got support from the Pope.
  • // 1977
    Things took a turn for the worse when in 1977 the ‘Bread Riots’ protested Sadat’s economic policy that raised prices of necessities, like bread.
  • // 1978
    In 1978, he was awarded the ‘Nobel Peace Prize’ in conjunction with Menachem Begin for signing the peace treaty at Camp David.
  • // 1978
    He wrote and published five books during his life, the most popular being his autobiography, ‘In Search of Identity’, released in 1978.
  • // 1979
    Following the ‘Camp David Accords’ with the West, he signed a peace treaty with the Israeli Prime Minister in 1979, although it was unpopular in the Arab world, and they were suspended from the Arab League.
  • // Feb 1981
    In February 1981, he ordered an extraordinarily unpopular arrest of over 1,500 people that opposed his regime.
  • // 6th Oct 1981
    On October 6, 1981, Sadat was assassinated during a victory parade as a direct result of his unpopular rulings by a Jihad cell led by Khalid Islambouli. Eleven other people were killed.
  • // 1983
    In 1983, a miniseries called ‘Sadat’ was aired on US television but banned in Egypt due to historical inaccuracy. A film was released in Egypt called ‘Days of Sadat’ and was an enormous success.
  • // 1997
    His widow worked in the US at the ‘University of Maryland’, where the ‘Anwar Sadat Chair for Development and Peace’ was established in 1997.

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Anwar Sadat's FAQ

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    Anwar Sadat was born at 1918-12-25

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    Anwar Sadat's spouses is Eqbal Madi, Jehan Sadat

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    Anwar Sadat's siblings is Atef El Sadat

  • Who is Anwar Sadat childrens?

    Anwar Sadat's childrens is Camelia Sadat, Gamal Sadat, Jihan Sadat, Lubna Sadat, Noha Sadat, Rawya Sadat, Ruqayyah Sadat

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    Anwar Sadat was the founder/co-founder of National Democratic Party, Suez Canal University

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    Anwar Sadat dead because of Assassination

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    Anwar Sadat's religion is Sunni Islam, Islam

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    Anwar Sadat's father is Anwar Muhammed El Sadat

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    Anwar Sadat's mother is Sit Al-Berain

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    Anwar Sadat is Capricorn

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