Bekri Mustafa Pasha

This is an Ottoman Turkish style name. Mustafa is the given name, the title is Pasha, and there is no family name.
Tekirdağlı Bekri
Bekri Mustafa
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
In office
30 May 1688  7 November 1689
Monarch Süleyman II
Preceded by Ayaşlı Ismail Pasha
Succeeded by Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa Pasha
Personal details
Born Tekirdağ, Ottoman Empire
Died January 1690
Malkara, Tekirdağ, Ottoman Empire
Nationality Ottoman
Religion Sunni Islam

Bekri Mustafa Pasha ("Mustafa Pasha the Drunkard"; known by the epithet Tekirdağlı, meaning "from Tekirdağ"; died January 1690) was an Ottoman grand vizier during the Great Turkish War.

He was a member of the Janissary corps of the army. In 1679, he was promoted to be the commander of the Janissaries (Turkish: Yeniçeri ağası). Two years later, he was given the title vizier. Beginning in 1683, the Ottoman Empire entered a long and disastrous war called the Great Turkish War. After the execution of Kara Mustafa Pasha in 1683 because of his failure, other pashas were appointed to that post in rapid sequence.[1]

Bekri Mustafa was the fourth grandvizier after Mustafa Pasha. He succeeded Ayaşlı Ismail Pasha on 30 May 1688 during the reign of Süleyman II (reigned 1687–91). The first problem he had to solve was a rebellion, which was aimed to reenthrone the former sultan Mehmet IV (1648-1687). With the support of the Janissaries, he defeated the rebels. According to historian Nicolae Iorga, 6,000 people lost their lives during the clashes between the grand vizier's army and the rebels.[1]

However, Bekri Mustafa Pasha was not successful against the advancing army of the Holy Roman Empire, and he was heavily criticized for being inattentive to state affairs. Although Süleyman II initially supported his grand vizier after a series of defeats in the fall of 1689,[2] he was dismissed on 7 November 1689 and was exiled to Malkara (near Tekirdağ). He died there in January 1690.

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  1. 1 2 Nicolae Jorga: Geschichte des Osmanischen Reiches Vol IV: ,tr:Nilüfer Epçeli, yeditepe Yayınalrı, istanbul, 2009, ISBN 975-6480-18-1 , p. 199
  2. Prof. Yaşar Yüce-Prof. Ali Sevim: Türkiye tarihi Cilt III, AKDTYKTTK Yayınları, İstanbul, 1991 p.207
Political offices
Preceded by
Ayaşlı Ismail Pasha
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
30 May 1688 – 7 November 1689
Succeeded by
Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa Pasha
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