The Köprülü family (Turkish: Köprülü ailesi) was a noble family of Albanian origin in the Ottoman Empire. The family provided six grand viziers (including Kara Mustafa Pasha, who was a stepson), with several others becoming high-ranking officers. The era during which these grand viziers served is known as the "Köprülü era" of the Ottoman Empire.
Another notable member of the family was Köprülü Abdullah Pasha (1684-1735), who was a general in Ottoman-Persian wars of his time and acted as the governor in several provinces of the empire. Modern descendants include Mehmet Fuat Köprülü, a prominent historian of Turkish literature. Members of the family continue to live in Turkey and the United States.
Köprülü Grand Viziers
During the history of the Ottoman Empire, the Köprülü grand viziers had a reputation for dynamism in a state that would later show signs of decline and stagnation. The early viziers in particular focused on military campaigns that extended the Empire's power. This, however, came to an end after the disastrous Battle of Vienna launched by Kara Mustafa Pasha, a member of the family (see also the Treaty of Karlowitz).
|Name||Life||Grand Vizier in||Sultan(s)|
|Köprülü Mehmet Pasha||1583–1661||1656–1661||Mehmed IV|
|Köprülü Fazıl Ahmed Pasha||1635–1676||1661–1676||Mehmed IV|
|Kara Mustafa Pasha1||1634–1683||1676–1683||Mehmed IV|
|Abaza Siyavuş Pasha II2||died 1688||1687–1688||Suleiman II|
|Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa Pasha||1637–1691||1689–1691||Suleiman II
|Köprülü Hüseyin Pasha||1644–1702||1697–1702||Mustafa II|
|Köprülü Numan Pasha||died 1719||1710–1711||Ahmed III|
1 Kara Mustafa Pasha had been adopted by the Köprülü family and was the brother-in-law of Köprülü Fazıl Ahmet Pasha.
2 Abaza Siyavuş Pasha was a servant of Köprülü Mehmet Pasha. By marrying his daughter, Siyavuş became a son-in-law (damat) of the powerful Köprülü family.
- Köprülü era of the Ottoman Empire
- Veles, a Macedonian city founded by the family (originally named Köprülü)
- Vezirköprü, a Turkish town named after the family
- List of Albanian Grand Viziers
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