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Serasker or seraskier (Ottoman Turkish: سرعسكر‎; Turkish pronunciation: [ˈseɾaskeɾ]) is a title formerly used in the Ottoman Empire for a vizier who commanded the army, and later for the Ottoman Minister of Defence.

A number of those closest to the Sultan were appointed serasker as either a sign of military ability or as a personal favour to those he deemed worthy of praise.[citation needed] The title was freely given and taken away.

Some notable seraskers:


  1. ^ Sinaplı, Ahmet Nuri. "Şeyhül Vüzera, Serasker Mehmet Namık Paşa". İstanbul: Yenilik Basımevi, 1987.