Esʿad Efendi, Meḥmed
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(1119/1707-1192/ 1778), Ottoman S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ al-Islām, was the son of the S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ al-Islām Waṣṣāf ʿAbd Allāh Efendi (in office 1168/1755). After rising to be ḳādī of Galata (1163/1749-50), he was long out of office because of the influence of his father’s opponents. He became ḳāḍīʿasker of Anadolu in 1182/1768 and of Rūmeli in 1186/1773. Appointed S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ al-Islām in S̲h̲awwāl 1190/December 1776, ill-health brought about his dismissal in Ḏj̲umādā II 1192/July 1778, and he died a few days later.


Wāṣif, Ḥaḳāʾiḳ al-ak̲h̲bār, Istanbul 1219, i, 199


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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 16 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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