Köprülü family

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"Köprülü" is also the Turkish name of a town in the Republic of Macedonia known as Veles, founded by this family.

The Köprülü family (Turkish: Köprülü ailesi) was a noble family of Albanian origin in the Ottoman Empire.[1][2] The family provided six grand viziers (including Kara Mustafa Pasha, who was a stepson), with several others becoming high-ranking officers. The era during which these grand viziers served is known as the "Köprülü era" of the Ottoman Empire.

Notable modern descendants include Mehmet Fuat Köprülü, a prominent historian of Turkish literature. Members of the family continue to live in Turkey and the United States.

Köprülü Grand Viziers[edit]

During the history of the Ottoman Empire, the Köprülü grand viziers had a reputation for dynamism in a state that would later show signs of decline and stagnation. The early viziers in particular focused on military campaigns that extended the Empire's power. This, however, came to an end after the disastrous Battle of Vienna launched by Kara Mustafa Pasha, a member of the family (see also the Treaty of Karlowitz).

Name Life Grand Vizier in Sultan(s)
Köprülü Mehmet Pasha 1583–1661 1656–1661 Mehmed IV
Köprülü Fazıl Ahmed Pasha 1635–1676 1661–1676 Mehmed IV
Kara Mustafa Pasha1 1634–1683 1676–1683 Mehmed IV
Abaza Siyavuş Pasha II2 died 1688 1687–1688 Suleiman II
Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa Pasha 1637–1691 1689–1691 Suleiman II
Ahmed II
Köprülü Hüseyin Pasha 1644–1702 1697–1702 Mustafa II
Köprülü Numan Pasha died 1719 1710–1711 Ahmed III
Köprülü Abdullah Pasha died 1735 1723–1735 Ahmed III
Mahmud I

1 Kara Mustafa Pasha had been adopted by the Köprülü family and was the brother-in-law of Köprülü Fazıl Ahmet Pasha.

2 Abaza Siyavuş Pasha was a servant of Köprülü Mehmet Pasha. By marrying his daughter, Siyavuş became a son-in-law (damat) of the powerful Köprülü family.

See also[edit]

  • Köprülü era of the Ottoman Empire
  • Veles, a Macedonian city founded by the family (originally named Köprülü)
  • Vezirköprü, a Turkish town named after the family

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