Abaza Siyavuş Pasha I

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This article is about the grand vizier in 1651 and 1656. For the grand vizier in 1687–88, see Abaza Siyavuş Pasha.
Abaza
Siyavuş
Pasha
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
In office
5 March 1656 – 25 April 1656
Monarch Mehmet IV
Preceded by Zurnazen Mustafa Pasha
Succeeded by Boynuyaralı Mehmed Pasha
In office
21 August 1651 – 27 September 1651
Monarch Mehmet IV
Preceded by Melek Ahmed Pasha
Succeeded by Gürcü Mehmed Pasha
Personal details
Died 25 April 1656
Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Ottoman
Religion Sunni Islam

Abaza Siyavuş Pasha I (died 25 April 1656) was an Ottoman grand vizier (the index I is used to differentiate him from the second and better known Abaza Siyavuş Pasha, who also served as grand vizier, from 1687 to 1688).

He was of Abazin origin and a manservant of Abaza Mehmed, who was a rebel leader of the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century. Upon the execution of his master, he entered the service of the palace in Istanbul. In 1638, he was promoted to be a vizier, and in 1640, he was assigned as the Kapudan Pasha (Admiral of the Navy). In 1642, he was tasked with recapturing the fort of Azov (in modern Russia) from the Cossacks, but failed. He was then assigned to various cities as governor, including Erzurum, Diyarbakır (both in modern Turkey) and Silistra (in modern Bulgaria). On 5 March 1651, he was promoted to be the grand vizier during one of the most chaotic periods of the empire, known as the Sultanate of Women. The period was marked by palace intrigues, and Siyavuş Pasha could not cope with palace politics. On 27 September, a little more than a month after his appointment, he was dismissed from his post and was about to be executed when the Valide Sultan Kösem intervened to save his life. He was appointed as the governor of Bosnia. Although Abaza Siyavuş Pasha was again promoted to the post of grand vizier on 5 March 1656, he died soon afterwards on 25 April.[1]

See also[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Melek Ahmed Pasha
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
21 August 1651 – 27 September 1651
Succeeded by
Gürcü Mehmed Pasha
Preceded by
Zurnazen Mustafa Pasha
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
5 March 1656 – 25 April 1656
Succeeded by
Boynuyaralı Mehmed Pasha

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ayhan Buz:Osmanlı Sadrazamları, Neden Kitap, İstanbul,2009, ISBN 978-975-254-278-5, p109