Pasha means that he was a Turkish officer of high rank. He also was an intriguing figure whose character still leaves many Moroccans torn today. On the one hand, he was a ruthless despot seizing all opportunities for wealth and power that came his way. Having become the head of the clan after the death of his elder brother. Thami El Glaoui is probably most remembered for the role he played during the French colonial rule of Morocco. In exchange for complete power over the High Atlas and other southern regions of the country, the Lord of the Atlas aided the European country in over throwing the Sultan. While many Moroccans believing him to be a traitor, Thami’s vast successes as a warlord and chieftain have made many see him as a fine man too.