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Meḥmed Pas̲h̲a, Elmās
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(1071-1109/1662-97), Ottoman Grand Vizier.

He was born in Hoşalay (formerly Mesed, to the east of Kerempe Burnu) (Kastamonu), the son of a shipmaster. As a young man (reputedly beautiful, hence his surname Elmas “Diamond”), he was taken into the service of the state by a chief inspector of the Sultan’s treasury ( Bas̲h̲ Bāḳī Ḳulu ), Divrigili Meḥmed Ag̲h̲a, who was appointed governor of Tripoli in Syria in 1089/1677-8. From the service of the treasury, Meḥmed Pas̲h̲a Elmās was soon promoted to the palace service, to the Ḵh̲āṣṣ Oda [q.v.] from where he made quick career as Riḳābdār , Si̊lāḥdā…

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Groot, A. H. de, “Meḥmed Pas̲h̲a, Elmās”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 07 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_5126>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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