Hafız Ahmed Pasha

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Hafız · Müezzinzade
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
In office
25 October 1631 – 10 February 1632
Monarch Murad IV
Preceded by Gazi Hüsrev Pasha
Succeeded by Topal Recep Pasha
In office
28 January 1625 – 1 December 1626
Monarch Murad IV
Preceded by Çerkes Mehmed Pasha
Succeeded by Damat Halil Pasha
Personal details
Born 1564
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Died 10 February 1632 (aged 67-68)
Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Ottoman
Ethnicity Pomak

Hafız Ahmed Pasha (1564 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria – 10 February 1632 in Istanbul), also known by epithet Müezzinzade ("muezzin's son"), was an Ottoman grand vizier.[1] Born as son of a Pomak muezzin,[2] he went to Istanbul at the age of 15 and was an employee in the sultan's palace for many years. From 1609 on, he became Governor of Damascus (Syria), Van (Turkey), Erzurum (Turkey), Baghdad (Iraq), and other Anatolian eyalets.

He served as grand vizier twice and died in office during a revolt on 10 February 1632, when the Janissaries attempted to overthrow Sultan Murad IV.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ İsmail Hâmi Danişmend, Osmanlı Devlet Erkânı, Türkiye Yayınevi, İstanbul, 1971 (Turkish)
  2. ^ Danişmend (1971), p. 33. (Turkish)
Political offices
Preceded by
Çerkes Mehmed Pasha
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
28 January 1625 – 1 December 1626
Succeeded by
Damat Halil Pasha
Preceded by
Gazi Ekrem Hüsrev Pasha
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
25 October 1631 – 10 February 1632
Succeeded by
Topal Recep Pasha