Esʿad Efendi, Meḥmed
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(978/1570-1034/ 1625), Ottoman S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ al-Islām, was the second son of the celebrated Saʿd al-Dīn [q.v.]. Thanks to the influence of his father, he advanced rapidly in the theological career, to become in Muḥarram 1007/August 1598 ḳāḍī of Istanbul. During his elder brother Meḥemmed’s first period in office as S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ al-Islām (1010/1601-1011/1603) he was for a time ḳāḍīʿasker of Anadolu; and after two short periods as ḳāḍīʿasker of Rūmeli he was himself appointed S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ al-Islām on 5 Ḏj̲umādā II 1024/2 July 1615 in succession to his brother. During his seve…

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Münr Aktepe, M., “Esʿad Efendi, Meḥmed”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 23 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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