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Pavlo Kurtik
Ethnicity Slavo-Albanian[b]
Occupation Feudal lord
Known for Lord of Pavlo-Kurtik vilayet of the Ottoman Empire, one of few pre-Ottoman, Christian feudal lords.
Title senyör (seigneur)
Religion Christian
Military career
Allegiance  Ottoman Empire
Years of service ca. 1400–1432

Pavlo Kurtik[a] (fl. 1431–1432) was a Slavo-Albanian[b] feudal lord who held an Ottoman vilayet, an administrative unit in the Ottoman Empire similar to a county or shire, located between the Erzen and Shkumbin rivers in the north of present day Albania.[1] While he was Christian, one of a few Christian lords in the Ottoman Empire, his sons converted in Islam and held various official titles throughout the Empire.[2][3]


In the 14th century the Western Balkans were a collection of independent feudal states. After the Battle of Savra (1385) the Ottoman Empire absorbed the area of what is now the State of Albania. As an official in the Ottoman Empire Pavlo Kurtik is first mentioned in the first Ottoman defter (the official record of the Empire) of the Sanjak of Albania, dated 1431–1432.[2] He entered Ottoman service shortly after 1400,[4] and was one of few pre-Ottoman,[5] Christian feudal lords.[2] He governed over the vilayet of the same name (the Pavlo Kurtik vilayet) one of 9 vilayets of the Arvanit-ili province until 1466.[6] In the 1431–1432 defter, Pavlo Kurtik held a timar of 26 villages subordinate to his son, Isa.[3] The terms tahvil and vilayet-i Pavlo Kurtik shows that Pavlo Kurtik held the region before the Ottoman administration.[3] His sons converted into Islam and became subaşi, a royal or administrative title in the Ottoman Empire similar to lord or sheriff, of various Ottoman subdivisions throughout Ottoman Albania.[3]


The Kurtik family was originally Christian, but it was Islamized in the second generation.[3]

Kurtik had the following descendants:

Unknown Wife
Pavlo Kurtik
Isa Beg Kurtik, Ottoman subaşi of Pavlo-Kurtik vilayet, converted into Islam.
Unknown Wife
Mustafa Kurtik, Ottoman subaşi of Berat vilayet, converted into Islam.
Unknown Wife


  1. ^ Name: His given name is rendered Pavlo or Pavle, his surname as Kurtik or Kurtić.[5] His name in Serbian is Pavle Kurtić (Serbian Cyrillic language: Павле Куртић ).[2]
  2. ^ His ethnicity has been given as Slavo-Albanian,[7] or Serbian.[2]


  1. Škrivanić 1959, p. 86
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Hrabak. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". "Међу ретким феудалцима хришћанима има у том попису и словенских (српских) имена. Најпознатији je био Павле Куртић (5), који je управљао целом једном облашћу (вилајетом) (86); његов син Мустафа, међутим, већ je примио веру завојевача (59)." 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 İnalcık 1953, p. 37 (Expand)
  4. Kiel 1990, p. 155
  5. 5.0 5.1 İnalcık 1995, p. 22: "Pavlo Kurtik (Kurtić) [was] among these feudal lords"
  6. Kiel 1990, p. 20
  7. İnalcık 2005, p. 73: "Slav-Arnavut senyörü Pavlo Kurtik'in (Kurtić)"

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