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Silahdar Damat
Grand Vizier

In office
April 27, 1713 – August 5, 1716
Monarch Ahmet III
Preceded by Hoca Ibrahim Pasha
Succeeded by Hacı Halil Pasha
Personal details
Born 1667
İznik, Bursa, Turkey
Died August 5, 1716
Petrovaradin, Serbia
Religion Sunni Islam
Killed in the Battle of Petrovaradin

Silahdar Damat Ali Pasha, also called Silahdar Ali Pasha, (1667, Iznik – August 5, 1716, Belgrade) was an Ottoman Turkish general and Grand Vizier.

Early life

Ali Pasha was born in Iznik (ancient Nikaea), near Bursa, Turkey. His father’s name was Hacı Hüseyin. He was trained in the Enderun palace school in Istanbul and during the reign of Mustafa II he was appointed to be the personal secretary of the sultan. In 1709, he was engaged to the daughter of Ahmet III, gaining the title damat (English: bridegroom) and was appointed as the Second Vizier. On April 27, 1713, he became the Grand Vizier.

Term as Grand Vizier

Tomb of Silahdar Ali Pasha in Belgrade

Shortly after his appointment, he succeeded in ratifying the Treaty of Pruth with Russia, thus securing the northern frontiers of the Ottoman Empire at Dnieper River.[1]

By early 1714, his attention shifted to the Morea (the Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece), which had been held by the Republic of Venice since the Morean War and the 1699 Treaty of Karlowitz. The Ottomans had never been reconciled to its loss. When the Venetians gave refuge to Serbian rebels from Montenegro and Herzegovina in their Dalmatian province, and some of their merchants were involved in disputes with Ottoman vessels, the Ottoman Porte ( government) swiftly used this as a pretext to declare war.

The subsequent campaign in 1715, led by Silahdar Ali Pasha himself, was an overwhelming success, as the entire Morea fell quickly and with little bloodshed to the Ottoman army.

However, Habsburg Austria, an ally of Venice, also declared war against the Ottomans. In 1716, Ali Pasha moved to Austrian front where he commended the Ottoman army against an Austrian forces led by Prince Eugene of Savoy at the Battle of Petrovaradin (August 5, 1716). During the battle Ali Pasha lost his life.[2] His tomb is in Belgrade.

After his death he was called Şehit Ali Pasha (English: martyr).


  1. Biography of Ahmet III (Turkish)
  2. Prof. Yaşar Yüce-Prof. Ali Sevim: Türkiye tarihi Cilt III, AKDTYKTTK Yayınları, İstanbul, 1991 p 268-269
Preceded by
Hoca İbrahim Pasha
Grand Vizier
27 April 1713 - 5 August 1716
Succeeded by
Hacı Halil Pasha

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