Arnaut Mami

Arnaut Mami or Mahomed the Albanian (fl. 1572–76) was an Ottoman Albanian commander and admiral of the Ottoman fleet and the squadron admiral and the supreme commander of all Islamic vessels in North Africa and Pasha Algiers, known as the most formidable corsair of that period for his terrorizing of the narrow seas. He was also captain general of Ottoman galleys in Algiers. He was called Arnaut after his Albanian origin.

On the morning of 26 September 1575, Arnaut's ship attacked the galley Sol on the Catalan coast, with Miguel de Cervantes aboard. After significant resistance, in which the captain and many crew members were killed, the surviving passengers were taken to Algiers as captives. After five years as a slave, Cervantes was released when his family paid the ransom.

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  • Henry Edward Watts; John Parker Anderson (1891). Life of Miguel de Cervantes. Walter Scott. pp. 21–.
  • Francisco Navarro y Ledesma (1973). Cervantes: the man and the genius. Charterhouse.
  • Mme. Laure Prus (1852). A Residence in Algeria. W. Pickering. pp. 262–.
  • Alan G. Jamieson (2013). Lords of the Sea: A History of the Barbary Corsairs. Reaktion Books. pp. 112–114. ISBN 9781861899460.