Kara Ahmed Pasha

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Kara Ahmed Pasha may also refer to the Ottoman statesman Bakırcı Ahmed Pasha, who was also known by that name.
This is an Ottoman Turkish style name. Ahmed is the given name, the title is Pasha, and there is no family name.
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
In office
6 October 1553 – 29 September 1555
Monarch Suleiman I
Preceded by Rüstem Pasha
Succeeded by Rüstem Pasha
Personal details
Died 29 September 1555
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Nationality Ottoman
Spouse(s) Fatma Sultan
Religion Islam
Ethnicity Albanian

Kara Ahmed Pasha (executed 29 September 1555)[1] was an Ottoman statesman of Albanian origin. He was Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire between 1553 and 1555.[2]

He led the Ottoman troops that captured the Hungarian fortress of Temesvár, defended by the troop of István Losonczy, on 26 July 1552.[3] That year, his army took three other castles (Veszprém, Szolnok and Lipova) before failing at the Siege of Eger.

After Sultan Suleiman executed his eldest son Şehzade Mustafa in October 1553, there appeared some sort of dissatisfaction and unrest among soldiers who blamed Rüstem Pasha for Mustfa's death. Then Suleiman dimissed Rüstem Pasha and appointed Kara Ahmed Pasha as his grand vizier in October 1553. But almost two years later, Kara Ahmed was strangled by Suleiman's order in September 1555. It is said that the reason for the execution was due to political manoeuvrings of Suleiman's legal wife Hürrem Sultan, who wanted her son-in-law Rüstem to become the grand vizier again. After death of Kara Ahmed, Rüstem Pasha became the grand vizier (1555-1561) once more.

Depictions in literature and popular culture[edit]

In the TV series Muhteşem Yüzyıl, Kara Ahmed Pasha is played by Turkish actor Yetkin Dikinciler.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gibb, H.A.R. (1954). The Encyclopaedia of Islam. Brill. p. 67. ISBN 9789004059337. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 
  2. ^ İsmail Hâmi Danişmend, Osmanlı Devlet Erkânı, Türkiye Yayınevi, İstanbul, 1971 (Turkish)
  3. ^ Sadık Müfit Bilge, "Macaristan'da Osmanlı Hakimiyetinin ve İdarî Teşkilatının Kuruluşu ve Gelişmesi", Ankara Üniversitesi Osmanlı Tarihi Araştırma ve Uygulama Merkezi Dergisi (OTAM), Sayı: 11 Sayfa: 033-081, 2000, p. 59. (Turkish)
Political offices
Preceded by
Rüstem Pasha
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
6 October 1553 – 29 September 1555
Succeeded by
Rüstem Pasha