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Serasker or Seraskier (Ottoman Turkish: سرعسكر; Turkish pronunciation: [ˈseɾaskeɾ]) is a title formerly used in the Ottoman Empire for a Vizier who commanded the army, and later for the National Minister of Defence.

A number of those closest to the Sultan were appointed Serasker as either a sign of military ability or as a personal favour to those he deemed worthy of praise. The title was freely given and taken away.

List of Seraskers:


  1. ^ Sinaplı, Ahmet Nuri. "Şeyhül Vüzera, Serasker Mehmet Namık Paşa". İstanbul: Yenilik Basımevi, 1987.