İbrahim Peçevi

İbrahim Peçevi or Peçuyli İbrahim Efendi or (in Bosnian) Ibrahim Alajbegović Pečevija (1572–1650) (Ottoman Turkish: پچویلی ابراهیم افندى ) was an Ottoman Bosnian historian-chronicler of the Ottoman Empire.

İbrahim Peçevi
Ibrahim Alajbegović Pečevija
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Statue in Pécs
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Died1650 (aged 77–78)
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NationalityOttoman (Bosnian descent)


He was born in Pécs (Peçuy), Ottoman Empire (today Hungary), hence his name, Peçevi ("from Pécs"). His mother was from the Sokolović Bosnian family. The name of his father is unknown. His paternal great-grandfather was a Turkish sipahi called Kara Davut Agha who was at the service of Mehmed II.[1]

He was a provincial official in many places and became a historian after his retirement in 1641. He spoke Turkish and Bosnian very well.[2] The year of his death is not known.[1] According to Katip Çelebi, he died in the Islamic year of 1061 (1650 AD). But some historians think he died before 1649.[1][3]


Peçevi Effendi is famous for his two-volume book Tarih-i Peçevi ("Pecevi's History") of the history of the Ottoman Empire, the main reference for the period 1520–1640. The information about earlier events Peçevi took from previous works and narrations of veterans, while his own times are described firsthand and from tales of witnesses. Peçevi was careful to references all quotations, was also one of the first Ottoman historians who used European written sources, for example, he makes references to Hungarian historians. Parts of Peçevi's chronicles has been translated into Turkish, Bosnian, German, Hungarian, Georgian, and Azerbaijani languages.[4]


  • Franz Babinger, "Historians of the Osmans (i.e., Ottomans) and their Works":
    • "Geschichtsschreiber der Osmanen und ihre Werke" (Leipzig, 1927) (in German)
    • "Osmanlı tarih yazarları ve eserleri," Ankara: Kültür Bakanlığı Yayınları, (1992). (in Turkish)
  1. ^ a b c Peçevi İbrahim Efendi, Tarih-i Peçevi, Page XIX, Preface
  2. ^ Peçevi İbrahim Efendi, Tarih-i Peçevi, Page 186
  3. ^ Pertsch, Berlin VTH 234 vd.
  4. ^ Schmidt, Jan (2011). A Catalogue of the Turkish Manuscripts in the John Rylands University Library at Manchester. Brill. p. 267. ISBN 978-9004186699.