Sofu Hadım Ali Pasha

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Hadım Ali Pasha (also known as Sofu Ali Pasha or Sufi Ali Pasha;[1] died September 1560) was an Ottoman statesman who served as the Ottoman governor of Diyarbekir Eyalet (1537/38 – 1540/41), Bosnia Eyalet (1552 to April 1559), and Egypt Eyalet (April 1559 until his death in office in September 1560).[2] The epithet hadım means "eunuch" in Turkish.

In 1560, Ali Pasha blocked the reappointment of Seydi Ali Reis to the rank of admiral after his long journey back from Aceh, which was being pushed by Rüstem Pasha.[1] Instead, Sefer Reis was promoted to the supreme command of the Ottoman Empire's entire Indian Ocean fleet.[1]

Ali Pasha died in September 1560 while still in office as the governor of Egypt.[2] He was buried in the Cairo Necropolis in Cairo.[2] After his death, Ali Pasha's vakıf (legacy endowment) had Ali Pasha's Mosque built in Sarajevo (from which he had governed the Bosnia Eyalet) in the classical Istanbul architectural style.

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  1. ^ a b c Giancarlo Casale (26 January 2010). The Ottoman Age of Exploration. Oxford University Press. p. 110. ISBN 978-0-19-979879-7. 
  2. ^ a b c Mehmet Süreyya (1996) [1890], Nuri Akbayar; Seyit A. Kahraman, eds., Sicill-i Osmanî (in Turkish), 1, Beşiktaş, Istanbul: Türkiye Kültür Bakanlığı and Türkiye Ekonomik ve Toplumsal Tarih Vakfı, p. 287 
  • "The Ottomans". Egypt State Information Service. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Iskender Pasha
Ottoman Governor of Egypt
Succeeded by
Kara Şahin Mustafa Pasha