Dukaginzade Ahmed Pasha

Dukaginzade Ahmed Pasha or Dukaginli Ahmed Pasha (Albanian: Ahmed Pashë Dukagjini, Ottoman Turkish: دوقکین زاده أحمد پاشا, Turkish: Dukakinoğlu Ahmed Paşa, d. 1515) born Progon Dukagjini was a high-ranking statesman and military commander of the Ottoman Empire in the early 16th century. He hailed from the Albanian Dukagjini family, one of the strongest in pre-Ottoman medieval Albania.

Dukaginzade Ahmed
24th Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
In office
18 December 1514 – 4 March 1515
MonarchSelim I
Preceded byHersekzade Ahmed Pasha
Succeeded byHersekzade Ahmed Pasha
Personal details
Died4 March 1515
Amasya, Ottoman Empire
Spouse(s)Fülane Hatun
Gevherşah Hanımsultan
Hafize Sultan
ChildrenFirst marriage
Dukakinzade Mehmed Pasha
Second marriage
Dukakinzade Ibrahim Bey
Fatma Hanım

By 1503, he had become sanjakbey of Ankara and was married to Gevherşah Hanımsultan, daughter Ayşe Sultan (daughter of Sultan Bayezid II) and Guneyi Sinan Pasha, another Ottoman Albanian general, and had with her a son Ibrahim Bey and a daughter Fatma Hanım, while his son by his first wife married Gevhermüluk Sultan, a daughter of Sultan Bayezid II. Later, he married Hafize Sultan, a daughter of Sultan Selim I. Dukaginzade Ahmed Pasha was one of the commanders who supported Prince Selim in the Ottoman succession dispute. In 1511, as a result of the large revolt of the janissaries, he became beylerbey of Anatolia.[1] In his new position, he played an instrumental role in securing that Selim would be the next Sultan in 1512 and had an important impact in the military victory against Şehzade Ahmed, the pretender to the Ottoman throne on April 15, 1513, in Yenişehir. Dukaginzade Ahmed Pasha may have been the commander who captured Şehzade Ahmed in the battle.[2]

By the summer of 1513, he became joined as a vizier (minister) in the Imperial Council (diwan) and was responsible for the negotiations with Venice about possible Ottoman support to Venice against H.R.E. Charles V.[2] In 1514, Selim I began his campaign against the Safavids which culminated in the Battle of Chaldiran. At the beginning of the campaign, Dukaginzade Ahmed Pasha was at the head of the vanguard of 20,000 sipahi. His activity in the early stages of the campaign in contemporary sources is unclear, but in the battle of Chaldiran on August 23, 1514, he and the other viziers were at the centre of the battle line next to Selim.[3] Around September 7, when the Ottoman army reached Tabriz, the Safavid capital, Dukaginzade was in the delegation which went ahead of the army in order to accept the city's surrender to Selim.[4]

He was Grand Vizier of the empire between December 1514 and March 1515. Then he was executed by Selim I, who thought that he was involved in the ongoing revolt of the janissaries. His son, Dukakinzade Mehmed Pasha, was a governor in several regions including Egypt Eyalet. He built the Al-Adiliyah Mosque complex in Aleppo, Syria where his family was based.[5] The El Adli Dukaginzade are his descendants.

In Ottoman sources, Dukaginzade have been used to refer to him.

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References Edit

  1. ^ Sebastian 1988, p. 59.
  2. ^ a b Sebastian 1988, p. 60
  3. ^ Sebastian 1988, p. 61.
  4. ^ Sebastian 1988, p. 62.
  5. ^ Necipoğlu 2005, p. 475.

Bibliography Edit

  • Sebastian, Peter (1988). Turkish prosopography in the Diarii of Marino Sanuto, 1496-1517. University of London.
  • Necipoğlu, Gülru (2005). The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire. London: Reaktion Books. ISBN 978-1-86189-253-9.
Political offices
Preceded by Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
18 December 1514 – 8 September 1515
Succeeded by