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The Ottoman Age of Exploration$
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Giancarlo Casale

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377828

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377828.001.0001

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Hadim Suleiman Pasha's World War 1536–1546

Hadim Suleiman Pasha's World War 1536–1546

(p.53) Three Hadim Suleiman Pasha's World War 1536–1546
The Ottoman Age of Exploration

Giancarlo Casale (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter focuses on Hadim Suleiman Pasha. Ibrahim Pasha's death left the empire with a gaping power vacuum. For nearly a decade thereafter, no other Ottoman figure would dominate affairs of state as Ibrahim had during his years in office. But of all the various contenders for power during the period from 1536 to 1544, the one who came closest to qualifying as the empire's new leading statesman was Ibrahim's deputy, Hadim Suleiman Pasha. Hadim Suleiman was able to advance through the ranks of the Ottoman hierarchy primarily as a result of his involvement in the empire's efforts to establish a presence in the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. By 1541, after leading an expedition to India and, in the process, successfully conquering Yemen, he was promoted to the grand vizierate; the first case in Ottoman history in which the Indian Ocean became a springboard for attaining the empire's highest office.

Keywords:   Hadim Suleiman Pasha, Ottomans, Gujarat, Portuguese, Indian Ocean, Yemen

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