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Lutfi Pasha

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Lütfi Pasha (Turkish: Lütfi Paşa, more fully Damat Çelebi Lütfi Paşa ibn Abd al-Mu'in, ca. 893 AH/1488 - 1562 or 1563) was an Ottoman statesman and Grand Vizier under Suleiman the Magnificent from 1539 to 1541. Although it is not known where Lütfi was born, tradition has it that he was of Albanian origin. As a devshirme youth, he entered Bayazid II's harem-i hass, where he received a thorough education in the Islamic sciences. His first appointment to service outside the palace was as sanjakbey of Kastamuni, and he subsequently became beylerbey of Karaman. Lütfi Pasha himself gave these details of his life in the introduction to his Asafname. However, he does not give the dates of his appointments and omits all details of his life before entering the Palace. He may also have served as sanjakbey first of Aydin and then of Yanya (Ioannina), since Feridun Bey mentions a Lütfi Bey who served at the siege of Rhodes in 1522 as sanjakbey of Aydin (Feridun Bey, Münşe'at al-selâtin, İstanbul 1274 AH/1857) and a Lütfi Bey who served at the siege of Vienna in 1529 as sanjakbey of Yanya (ibid. I, 573). These references may well be to Lütfi Pasha, the future Grand Vizier, since the latter  ( Wikipedia article )

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