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Koca Ragıp Pasha

This article is about Ottoman Grand Vizer. For Prime Minister of Egypt, see Raghib Pasha.
Koca Ragıp
Grand vizier
Assumed office
12 January 1757-8 April 1763
Monarch Osman III-Mustafa III
Personal details
Born 1698
İstanbul, Turkey
Died 1763
İstanbul, Turkey
Religion Sunni, Islam
Koca Ragıp Pasha, or more formally Koca Mehmet Ragıp Pasha (1698 İstanbul, also known as Constantinople [1] - 1763 İstanbul) was an Ottoman (Turkish) grand vizier. He is also known as a good poet.

Early years

His father was Şevki Mustafa, a bureaucrat of the Ottoman Empire. After completing his education, he worked in various parts of the empire as a civil servant. He served as the chief treasurer in Bagdat, Iraq (then a part of the Ottoman Empire). He was a member of Ottoman representatives in the treaty of Belgrade in 1739. He was promoted to the rank of reisülküttap (a post equivalent to modern foreign minister) in 1740. In 1743 he was the governor of Egypt (then a part of the Ottoman Empire).[2]

As a grand vizier

He was appointed as a grand vizier in 12 January 1757 by the sultan Osman III. Ten months later, Osman III died and he continued under the new sultan Mustafa III with whom he had very good relations. He married to Saliha, the sultan’s sister and gained the title damat. ( English: bridegroom).

Ragıp’s term was a part of Ottoman decline. But he did his best to reform Ottoman administration and treasury. He was an adherent of peace policy and Ottoman Empire lived its last peaceful days during his term. His term in the office almost coincides with the Seven Years' War in Europe. But he was able to keep the Ottoman Empire out of war.[3] Upon his death Mustafa III wrote an elegy (Turkish: ağıt) expressing his sorrow.[4]


Preceded by
Köse Bahir Mustafa Pasha
Grand Vizier
12 January 1757 - 8 April 1763
Succeeded by
Tevkii Hamza Hamit Pasha
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