Semiz Ali Pasha

This is an Ottoman Turkish style name. Ali is the given name, the title is Pasha, and there is no family name.
Semiz Ali
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
In office
10 July 1561  28 June 1565
Monarch Suleiman I
Preceded by Rüstem Pasha
Succeeded by Sokollu Mehmed Pasha
Personal details
Born Prača, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died 28 June 1565
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Nationality Ottoman
Spouse(s) Ayşe Hümaşah Sultan
Religion Sunni Islam
Ethnicity Bosnian

Semiz Ali Pasha (Bosnian: Semiz Ali-Paša Pračić) was an Ottoman statesman from the Sanjak of Bosnia who served as Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire from 1561 to 1565. He was the beylerbey (governor) of Egypt Eyalet from 1549 to 1554.[1][2][3] Semiz Ali Pasha was born in Prača in Bosnia (thus his secondary epithet), and replaced Rüstem Pasha as a Grand Vizier.[4] After palace schooling, he discharged high-level functions along the Ottoman Empire.[4]

His epithet "Semiz" means "fat" in Turkish. He was married to Ayşe Hümaşah Sultan, daughter of his predecessor Rustem Pasha and Mihrimah Sultan, daughter of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.

In 1561 he negotiated with the ambassador of the Holy Roman Empire, Ogier de Busbecq, on the terms of a peace treaty which was ratified in Vienna in the following year.[5]

See also


  1. Mehmet Süreyya (1996) [1890], Nuri Akbayar; Seyit A. Kahraman, eds., Sicill-i Osmanî (in Turkish), Beşiktaş, Istanbul: Türkiye Kültür Bakanlığı and Türkiye Ekonomik ve Toplumsal Tarih Vakfı
  2. Yılmaz Öztuna (1994). Büyük Osmanlı Tarihi: Osmanlı Devleti'nin siyasî, medenî, kültür, teşkilât ve san'at tarihi (in Turkish). 10. Ötüken Neşriyat A.S. pp. 412–416. ISBN 975-437-141-5.
  3. Giancarlo Casale (26 January 2010). The Ottoman Age of Exploration. Oxford University Press. pp. 87, 102. ISBN 978-0-19-979879-7.
  4. 1 2 Murvar, Vatro (1989). Nation and Religion in Central Europe and the Western Balkans: The Muslims in Bosna, Hercegovina, and Sandžak : a Sociological Analysis. FSSSN Colloquia and Symposia, University of Wisconsin. p. 34.
  5. Ogier de Busbecq (2005), Turkish Letters, Eland, London, pp. 124 - 160
Political offices
Preceded by
Lala Kara Mustafa Pasha
as acting Governor
Ottoman Governor of Egypt
Succeeded by
Dukakinzade Mehmed Pasha
Preceded by
Rüstem Pasha
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
10 July 1561 – 28 June 1565
Succeeded by
Sokollu Mehmed Pasha
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