Mahomet Sirocco

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Mehmed Siroco headed the Turkish right wing (at top right) during the 1571 Battle of Lepanto, where both him and the commander of the opposing Holy League left wing, Agostino Barbarigo, were killed in action. This diagram labels him as Sirocco.

Şuluk Mehmed Pasha (1525 – 7 October 1571), better known in Europe as Mehmed Siroco or Mahomet Sirocco,[1][2] and also spelled Sulik, Chulouk, Şolok, Seluk, or Suluc and known with the titles Pasha, Reis, or Bey, was the Ottoman Bey (regional governor) of Alexandria in the mid-16th century.[3][4] Both the foreign and the Turkish nicknames (and their various spellings) were derived from the name of the southern Mediterranean wind Sirocco, from Greek σιρόκος sirokos and the hence derived Levantine Arabic شلوق shlūq, respectively.[1][5]

Mehmed Siroco was appointed admiral in command of the Turkish right at the Battle of Lepanto (1571).[6][7] Fighting the Christian left led by Admiral Agostino Barbarigo, he was known as the most aggressive attacker of the battle.[8][4] He was wounded and killed in action when he struggled against Venetians at the Battle of Lepanto, as was Barbarigo.[9] Mehmed Siroco was beheaded by the sword of Giovanni Contarini the Venetian.[10][11]

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  1. ^ a b Capponi, Niccolò (2007). Victory of the West: the great Christian-Muslim clash at the Battle of Lepanto. Cambridge.
  2. ^ Setton, Kenneth Meyer (1984). The Papacy and the Levant, 1204-1571, Volume 161. Philadelphia.
  3. ^ Byfield, Ted (2010). A Century of Giants, A.D. 1500 to 1600. Edmonton.
  4. ^ a b Angus Konstam (1 January 2003). Lepanto 1571: The Greatest Naval Battle of the Renaissance. Osprey Publishing. p. 23. ISBN 978-1-84176-409-2.
  5. ^ T. C. F. Hopkins (26 June 2007). Confrontation at Lepanto: Christendom vs. Islam. Tom Doherty Associates. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-4668-4149-9.
  6. ^ Beach, Chandler Belden (1895). The student's cyclopaedia: Volume 1. Chicago and Philadelphia.
  7. ^ "The Battle of Lepanto". The Atlantic Monthly. Atlantic Monthly Company. 1 (1): 140–143. November 1857.
  8. ^ Matt Fritz. "Battle of Lepanto". Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  9. ^ Feist, Aubrey (1971). The lion of St. Mark: Venice: the story of a city from Attila to Napoleon. Indianapolis.
  10. ^ "Battle of Lepanto" (PDF).
  11. ^ Roberto Muñoz Bolaños. ALMENA (ed.). Battle of Lepanto, 1571. ISBN 9783042754810.