Osman Saqizli

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Osman Saqizli (Turkish: Sakızlı Osman Paşa, literally, Osman Pasha of Chios) (died 1672), (r.1649-72) was Dey and Pasha of Tripolis.[1] He was born into a Greek Christian family on the island of Chios (known in Ottoman Turkish as Sakız, hence his epithet "Sakızlı") and had converted to Islam.[2] His rule was effective, continuing the policy of his predecessor Mehmed Saqizli.[1] He occupied Cyrenaica, and was tolerant in religious matters.[1] Anyway, the damages caused by the Tripoli's Pirates to the European trade put him often in conflict with the European powers.[1] Due to that, Tripoli was bombed in retaliation in 1654 by the British Navy under Robert Blake, in 1662 by the Dutch Navy under Michiel de Ruyter, and in 1669 ad 1672 by the French Navy.[1] He died in 1672, and with his death started a period of instability for his country.[1]

See also[edit]

Pasha of Tripoli


  1. ^ a b c d e f Bertarelli (1929), p. 204.
  2. ^ Kissling, H. J. (1997). The Last Great Muslim Empires. BRILL. p. 140-141. ISBN 9789004021044. In the 17th century, the two most successful rulers were converted Greeks, both originally from the island of Chios and therefore known as Saqizly, which has that meaning in Turkish. The first, Muhammad (1632-1649), had lived in Algiers as a Christian for some years and then adopted Islam and the profession of a privateer. … Uthman, also a former Christian, to high military command.


  • Bertarelli, L.V. (1929). Guida d'Italia, Vol. XVII (in Italian). Milano: Consociazione Turistica Italiana.