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Çoban Mustafa Pasha ("Mustafa Pasha the Shepherd"; died 1529) was an Ottoman statesman. Likely born in Bosnia-Herzegovina or Serbian Sandzak,[1] and collected through Devshirme to Janissaries, where he gradually raised through the ranks, he eventually served as kapıcıbaşı, vizier, and beylerbey for the Ottoman Empire during various parts of his life.

After serving as kapıcıbaşı ("chief gatekeeper") for some time, Mustafa was appointed a vizier in 1511, and finally beylerbey (governor) of the Egypt Eyalet (province) of the empire in 1522, serving for one year (1522–1523).[2][3][4]

Mustafa Pasha participated in the Siege of Belgrade in 1521 and the Siege of Rhodes the next year, both of them decisive Ottoman victories under sultan Suleiman I. During the Siege of Rhodes, he was the Serdar-ı Ekrem (the rank given to viziers in battle).

At some point, Mustafa Pasha had a bridge built in Svilengrad in southern Bulgaria, and it was named after him as Mustafa Pasha Bridge (now known as Old Bridge, Svilengrad).

Mustafa Pasha died in 1529 on the way to the Siege of Vienna. His mausoleum is in Gebze, Turkey,[3] in a complex he had built himself and which was completed in 1522.[2]

See also[]

  • List of Ottoman governors of Egypt

External links[]


  1. Müderrisoğlu, F., Bâni Çoban Mustafa Paşa ve Bir Osmanlı Şehri Gebze. Vakıflar Dergisi, Sayı: 25, S:67-124, 1995. URL:
  2. 2.0 2.1 Türk Tarih Kurumu (1996). Belleten. p. 112. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Evli̇ya Çelebi̇ (1988). Evliya Çelebi's Book of Travels: Evliya Çelebi in Diyarbekir. Brill Archive. p. 61. ISBN 978-90-04-08165-9. 
  4. Kaya Şahin (29 March 2013). Empire and Power in the Reign of Süleyman: Narrating the Sixteenth-Century Ottoman World. Cambridge University Press. pp. 53–54. ISBN 978-1-107-03442-6. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Hayır Bey
Ottoman Governor of Egypt
Succeeded by
Hain Ahmed Pasha

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