Kara Ahmed Pasha

Kara Ahmed Pasha (executed 29 September 1555)[1] was an Ottoman statesman of Albanian origin. He was Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire between 1553 and 1555.[2]

33rd Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
In office
6 October 1553 – 29 September 1555
MonarchSuleiman I
Preceded byRüstem Pasha
Succeeded byRüstem Pasha
Personal details
Died30 September 1555
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Spouse(s)Fatma Sultan

He led the Ottoman troops that captured the Hungarian fortress of Temesvár, defended by the troop of István Losonczy, on 26 July 1552.[3] That year, his army took three other castles (Veszprém, Szolnok and Lipova) before failing at the siege of Eger.

After Sultan Suleiman executed his eldest son Şehzade Mustafa in October 1553, there appeared some sort of dissatisfaction and unrest among soldiers who blamed Rüstem Pasha for Mustafa's death. Then Suleiman dismissed Rüstem Pasha and appointed Kara Ahmed Pasha as his Grand Vizier in October 1553. But almost two years later, Kara Ahmed was strangled by Suleiman's order in September 1555. It is said that the reason for the execution was due to political manoeuvrings of Suleiman's legal wife Hürrem Sultan, who wanted her son-in-law Rüstem to become the Grand Vizier again. After the death of Kara Ahmed, Rüstem Pasha became the Grand Vizier (1555–1561) once more.

Depictions in literature and popular cultureEdit

In the TV series Muhteşem Yüzyıl, Kara Ahmed Pasha is played by Turkish actor Yetkin Dikinciler.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Gibb, H.A.R. (1954). The Encyclopaedia of Islam. Brill. p. 67. ISBN 9789004059337. Retrieved 2014-12-26.
  2. ^ İsmail Hâmi Danişmend, Osmanlı Devlet Erkânı, Türkiye Yayınevi, İstanbul, 1971 (Turkish)
  3. ^ Sadık Müfit Bilge, "Macaristan'da Osmanlı Hakimiyetinin ve İdarî Teşkilatının Kuruluşu ve Gelişmesi", Ankara Üniversitesi Osmanlı Tarihi Araştırma ve Uygulama Merkezi Dergisi (OTAM), Sayı: 11 Sayfa: 033-081, 2000, p. 59. (in Turkish)
Political offices
Preceded by Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
6 October 1553 – 29 September 1555
Succeeded by