Ayaşlı Ismail Pasha

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Ismail Kemalettin

Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
In office
2 March 1688 – 2 May 1688
MonarchSüleyman II
Preceded byAbaza Siyavuş Pasha II
Succeeded byBekri Mustafa Pasha
Personal details
Ismail Kemalettin

Ayaş, Ottoman Empire
(now in Turkey)
DiedApril 1690
Rhodes, Ottoman Empire
(now in Greece)

Ayaşlı Ismail Pasha (also known as Nişancı Ismail Kemalettin Pasha; 1620 – April 1690) was a short-term Ottoman grand vizier in 1688.

Early years[edit]

He was born in Ayaş (in modern Ankara Province, Turkey) in 1620. After working as a bureaucrat in various posts, he retired from being the Ottoman governor of Rumelia Eyalet (eastern Thrace). However, he returned to government service in 1678 as a nişancı.[1] He was described as mild-mannered, an anachronistic quality in that era of the Ottoman Empire.

As a grand vizier[edit]

The Ottoman Empire was engaged in a long and costly war against Holy Alliance countries in the so-called Great Turkish War. After a series of military failures, Constantinople, the capital of the empire, fell into chaos. The grand vizier Abaza Siyavuş Pasha was killed by the rebels, and Ayaşlı Ismail Pasha became the acting grand vizier for one week. On 2 March 1688, he was appointed as full grand vizier by the sultan Süleyman II. His term, however, was very short (only spanning 61 days). During this term, he attempted to stem corruption, gaining him many enemies in the palace. His main enemy was Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa Pasha (a future grand vizier), who was the brother-in-law of the late grand vizier Abaza Siyavuş Pasha. After the intensive efforts of Fazıl Mustafa Pasha, Ismail Pasha was dismissed from office by sultan Süleyman II on 2 May.[2]


Ismail Pasha was imprisoned in Kavala (in modern Greece) and then exiled to the island of Rhodes (in modern Greece). Now grand vizier, Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa accused Ayaşlı Ismail Pasha of seizing Abaza Siyavuş Pasha's fortune and asked for the fortune in return for pardon. Ayaşlı Ismail Pasha denied all accusations, and Fazıl Mustafa Pasha had him executed him later that year, in April 1690.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ayaş page (in Turkish)
  2. ^ Ayhan Buz: Osmanlı Sadrazamları, Neden Kitap, İstanbul, 2009, ISBN 978-975-254-278-5
Political offices
Preceded by
Abaza Siyavuş Pasha II
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
2 March 1688 – 2 May 1688
Succeeded by
Bekri Mustafa Pasha