Arabacı Ali Pasha

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This is an Ottoman Turkish style name. Ali is the given name, the title is Pasha, and there is no family name.
Arabacı · Bahadırzade · Kadı
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
In office
24 August 1691 – 21 March 1692
Monarch Ahmed II
Preceded by Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa Pasha
Succeeded by Çalık Ali Pasha
Personal details
Born 1620
Ohrid (modern Macedonia)
Died 1693
Rhodes (modern Greece)
Nationality Ottoman
Origins Albanian

Arabacı Ali Pasha (also known as Bahadırzade Ali Pasha; 1620–1693) was a short-term Ottoman grand vizier from 1691 to 1692. His epithet arabacı means "charioteer" in Turkish, an allusion to his practice of sending his political enemies to death or exile in a certain tumbrel.[1]

Early years[edit]

He was born in Ohrid (Turkish: Ohri; in modern Republic of Macedonia) of Albanian ethnicity.[2] After serving in various government offices, he became a subordinate of Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa Pasha, who was appointed as a grand vizier. The empire was engaged in Great Turkish War. Fazıl Mustafa Pasha temporarily halted Austrian advance but was killed in action during the Battle of Slankamen. Five days later, Ahmet II, the sultan appointed Ali Pasha as the new grand vizier.

As grand vizier[edit]

Ali Pasha was expected to command the army like his predecessor and mentor Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa Pasha had done. However, Ali Pasha preferred to stay in the capital, contributing to the Ottoman defeats. His inattentiveness to military affairs and harsh methods (including death sentences) towards his potential opponents caused him to lose the support of the sultan. On 21 March 1692, he was deposed.

Final days and death[edit]

Ali Pasha was first exiled to Gelibolu (a port on the Dardanelles strait, in modern Turkey) and then to the island of Rhodes (in modern Greece). However, when a rumor reached the sultan in Istanbul that he had plans return (or revolt), he was executed in Rhodes in 1693.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Online history (Turkish)
  2. ^ Hakan Kâzım Taşkıran, Aḥmed Ḥamdī (2008), Osmanlı'nın son dönemi ve Arnavutlar [End of the Ottoman period and the Albanians], Tepekule Kitaplığı Yayınları, p. 36 
Political offices
Preceded by
Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa Pasha
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
24 August 1691 – 21 March 1692
Succeeded by
Çalık Ali Pasha