EGYPT: Farouk the Foolish

At the start of World War II, fat, frisky young King Farouk I of Egypt suffered from nightmares in which he was chased by an angry lion. Haggard from loss of sleep, Farouk sought counsel of crabbed, pro-Axis Sheik Mustafa El-Maraghi, rector of the ancient Moslem University of El-Azhar. "You will not rest until you have shot a lion," said El-Maraghi. Thereupon the king went to the zoo and shot two lions in their cage. The nightmares continued. "Young fool," said El-Maraghi, "I spoke in symbols—the lion that has been chasing you...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!