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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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Sokollu Mehmed Pasha and The Apogee of Empire

Sokollu Mehmed Pasha and The Apogee of Empire


(p.117) Five Sokollu Mehmed Pasha and The Apogee of Empire
The Ottoman Age of Exploration

Giancarlo Casale (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Sokollu Mehmed Pasha, one of the most compelling personalities of the entire 16th century and the mastermind of the Ottoman Empire's last great push into the Indian Ocean. Much like his well-placed predecessors Ibrahim and Rustem, Sokollu Mehmed was a palace favorite, a member of the Imperial Divan since 1554, and a figure especially close to the sultan's son Selim, whose daughter he married in 1562. Promoted to the grand vizierate just three years later, upon the death of his aged colleague Semiz Ali, Sokollu would thereafter dominate political life in the empire as perhaps no other grand vizier ever had before. His uninterrupted tenure in office eventually spanned fifteen years and the reigns of three successive sultans, before his own death in 1579.

Keywords:   Sokollu Mehmed Pasha, Ottoman Empire, Indian Ocean, Age of Exploration

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