Sultanzade Mehmed Pasha

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Sultanzade Civankapıcıbaşı
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
In office
January 31, 1644 – December 17, 1645
Monarch Ibrahim
Preceded by Kemankeş Kara Mustafa Pasha
Succeeded by Nevesinli Salih Pasha
Ottoman Governor of Egypt
In office
Preceded by Gazi Hüseyin Pasha
Succeeded by Nakkaş Mustafa Pasha
Personal details
Born 1603
Died July 1646 (aged 43)

Sultanzade Mehmed Pasha (1603 – July 1646) was a 17th-century Ottoman grand vizier. The epithet Sultanzade means son of a sultana.


He was born in 1603. His father, Abdurrahman Bey, was a grandson of Rüstem Pasha, while his mother, Ayşe Hanım Sultan, was a daughter of Cigalazade Yusuf Sinan Pasha.

Early years[edit]

In 1637, he was appointed as the governor of Egypt. Three years later, during the reign of İbrahim, he returned to İstanbul as a vizier in the Ottoman divan. In 1641, he was appointed as the governor of Özü (modern Ochakiv in Ukraine) and tasked with capturing the fort of Azak (modern Azov in Russia), which had recently been lost to the Cossacks. He was successful in recapturing the fort. In 1643, he was appointed as the governor of Damascus (in modern Syria). This appointment was probably due to the secret power struggle between him and the grand vizier, Kemankeş Mustafa Pasha.[1]

As Grand Vizier[edit]

In 1644, he succeeded the grand vizier Kemankeş Mustafa Pasha, who was executed. Kemankeş Mustafa Pasha was a victim of palace intrigues and a quack hodja named Cinci Hoca. Well aware of hodja’s influence on the sultan and the tragedy of the previous grand vizier, he was too cautious in governance and became an ineffective grand vizier. He became a yes man of the sultan. According to Lord Kinross,[2] one day the sultan asked why he never opposed any opinion to which he replied, "Every opinion of the sultan has a deep aphorism even if subjects are unable to understand." Although he was against declaring war on the Republic of Venice,[3] his cautious objections were not taken into consideration and the Cretan War (1645–1669) soon began in 1645, which was financially disastrous to both sides.

Later years[edit]

In 1645, Sultan Ibrahim deposed him. His next mission was on the island of Crete (in modern Greece), which was the theatre of the recently started war as the commander of the army (Turkish: serdar) but he soon died of natural causes.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ayhan Buz: Osmanlı Sadrazamları, Neden Kitap, İstanbul, 2009, ISBN 978-975-254-278-5
  2. ^ Lord Kinross: The Ottoman centuries (translated by Meral Gaspıralı), Altın Kitaplar, İstanbul, 2008, ISBN 978-975-21-0955-1, p. 306
  3. ^ Prof. Yaşar Yüce-Prof. Ali Sevim: Türkiye tarihi Cilt III, AKDTYKTTK Yayınları, İstanbul, 1991 p. 90
Preceded by
Kemankeş Mustafa Pasha
Grand Vizier
31 January 1644 – 17 December 1645
Succeeded by
Nevesinli Salih Pasha