Ḥād̲j̲d̲j̲ī Ḥusayn Pas̲h̲a, known as Mezzomorto
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, Algerian corsair and Ottoman admiral (d. 1113/1701); he owes his Italian nickname “halfdead” (in Turkish ‘mezemorṭa’) to the fact that as a young man he had been wounded, apparently fatally, in a sea-fight with the Spaniards.

Nothing certain is known about his origin: according to A. de La Motraye ( Voyages , La Haye 1727, i, 206) he was born in Majorca. He first appears, as a well-known corsair, in 1674 (Grammont, Relations entre la France et la Régence d’Alger au XVII e siècle , Algiers 1955, 52), and gradually made himself one of the most prominent figures of Algiers. When…

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Orhonlu, Cengiz, “Ḥād̲j̲d̲j̲ī Ḥusayn Pas̲h̲a, known as Mezzomorto”, 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 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2994>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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