Ayas Mehmed Pasha

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Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
In office
14 March 1536 – 13 July 1539
Monarch Suleiman I
Preceded by Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha
Succeeded by Lütfi Pasha
Personal details
Born 1483
Himarë, Albania, Ottoman Empire
Died 1539 (aged 56)
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Nationality Ottoman
Religion Islam
Ethnicity Albanian

Ayas Mehmed Pasha (1483–1539) was an Ottoman statesman and grand vizier of the Ottoman Empire from 1536 to 1539.[1] He was an Albanian born in Himare region.[2] His father was from city of Shkodra, in the north of Albania, and his mother was from Vlora, in the south of Albania.[3] He was taken to Istambul under the Devşirme practice, and was trained to serve as an aga with the janissaries. He participated in the Battle of Chaldiran (1514), and Ottoman–Mamluk War (1516–17). During 1520–1521 he was beylerbey of Anatolia and governor of Damascus. During the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, he served as beylerbey of Roumelia and was made a vizier after the Ottoman conquest of Rhodes in 1522. He also participated in the Battle of Mohács, Siege of Vienna, and the war in Iraq (1534–1535).[2]

He became grand vizier in 1536 after the execution of Pargali Ibrahim Pasha and kept this position until his death in 1539. Under his administration, the Ottomans undertook the Corfu campaign (1537) and waged war against the Habsburgs in Vienna (1537–1540). Additionally, his native Vlore region was put under full Ottoman control, and the Sandjak of Delvina was created. He died of plague in Istanbul and was buried in the Eyüp Sultan Mosque.[2]

Depictions in literature and popular culture[edit]

In the TV series Muhteşem Yüzyıl, Ayas Mehmed Pasha is played by Turkish actor Fehmi Karaarslan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ İsmail Hâmi Danişmend, Osmanlı Devlet Erkânı, Türkiye Yayınevi, İstanbul, 1971, p. 15. (Turkish)
  2. ^ a b c Elsie, Robert (2012), A Biographical Dictionary of Albanian History, I. B. Tauris, p. 21, ISBN 978-1780764313 
  3. ^ Gjergj Zheji "Folklori shqiptar"
Political offices
Preceded by
Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
14 March 1536 – 13 July 1539
Succeeded by
Lütfi Pasha