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Esʿad Efendi, Aḥmed
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(1153/1740-1230/ 1814), Ottoman S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ al-Islām , son of the S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ al-Islām Meḥemmed Ṣāliḥ Efendi [q.v.]. After being ḳādī successively of Izmir (from 1184/1770), Bursa (from 1192/1778) and Istanbul (1201/1787), he held office for a short time (1204/1790-1206/1791) as ḳāḍīʿasker of Anadolu. One of the prominent personalities consulted by Selim III [q.v.] on the reforms necessary in state affairs, he made proposals particularly for the improvement of military efficiency. As a known advocate of reform, he twice held office as ḳāḍīʿasker of Rūmeli (from Rad̲j̲ab 120…

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Münr Aktepe, M., “Esʿad Efendi, Aḥmed”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 22 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2205>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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