Ishak Pasha (Turkish: İshak Paşa; fl. 1469 - d. 1497) was a Serb who became an Ottoman general, statesman and later Grand Vizier. Halil Inalcik believes that Ishak Pasha is created by the confusion between several Ottoman Ishak Pashas (particularly Ishak bin Abdullah and Ishak bin Ibrahim) and Ishak Bey. The confusion can be illustrated with Beltaci's statement that Ishak Pasha was of Croatian or Greek origin and that he served three different sultans.
His first term as a grand vizier was during the reign of Mehmet II (the conqueror). During this term he transferred Turkmen people from their Anatolian city of Aksaray to newly conquered Constantinople, to populate the city which had lost a portion of its former population prior to conquest. The quarter of the city where the Aksaray migrants had settled is now called Aksaray. His second term was during the reign of Beyazıt II. He died in 1497, in Thessaloniki.
In popular culture 
- Ishak Pasha is referenced in the 2011 video game Assassin's Creed: Revelations, as the leader of the Assassin Brotherhood in the Ottoman Empire. Ishak Pasha's armor was hidden underneath the Hagia Sophia, and was later recovered by the protagonist Ezio Auditore da Firenze.
- In 1951 film, İstanbul'un Fethi, Alev Elmas played Ishak Pasha.
- Ishak Pasha is played by Yılmaz Babatürk in 2012 film Fetih 1453.
See also 
- Radushev, Evg (2003). Inventory of Ottoman Turkish documents about Waqf preserved in the Oriental Department at the St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library. Sv. sv. Kiril i Metodiĭ. p. 228.
- Ishak Pasha was of Greek or Croatian origins (from the book "The Sultan of vezirs" by Theoharis Stavrides, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2001 (page 64)
- Ayhan Buz: Osmanlı Sadrazamları, Neden Kitap, İstanbul, 2009, ISBN 978-87-525-4278-5P.22
Further reading 
- Danişmend, İsmail Hâmi (1961), Osmanlı Devlet Erkânı, İstanbul:Türkiye Yayınevi.
- Tektaş, Nazım (2002), Sadrazamlar-Osmanlı'da İkinci Adam Saltanatı, İstanbul:Çatı Kitapları.
Rum Mehmed Pasha
Veli Mahmud Pasha
Karamanlı Mehmet Pasha
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