Serasker


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Serasker

 

originally, the title of the commander in chief of the army in the Ottoman Empire; in the 19th century, the title of the minister of war. From the end of the 16th century, when the Turkish sultan no longer took personal command of the army, the title serasker was also assumed by the deputies of the grand vizier who led the troops. The title was abolished at the beginning of the 20th century.

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At this signal four soldiers of the Serasker Koorshid suddenly appeared, and Selim fell, pierced by five blows.
Haidee saw at a glance the same expression pervading the countenances of her two auditors; she exclaimed, `When my mother recovered her senses we were before the serasker. `Kill,' said she, `but spare the honor of the widow of Ali.' -- `It is not to me to whom you must address yourself,' said Koorshid.
Murav'ev's first audience was with the serasker (war minister), who met him dressed in a soldier's frockcoat and an overcoat, prompting Murav'ev to remark that "while introducing regularity [reguliarstvo] among their troops, the Turks have failed to note that officers do not wear soldiers' overcoats and frockcoats." (96) The serasker's behavior during the conversation only confirmed Murav'ev's impression of the clumsiness of Ottoman "Westernization." When he noticed the Russian envoy's interest in the weapons hanging from the walls, the serasker boasted of his knowledge of the manual of rifle practice and twice presented arms with a rifle.
On his way back from the serasker, Murav'ev entered a guardhouse, where he found a dozen poorly shod soldiers whose filthy firearms were hanging on the walls.
From the inscription one learns that the tomb was constructed for Esma Hatun, who died in the year H 1282/A.D 1865-66, by her son Serasker Saib Papa (40) in the year 1307/1889-90.
1890 yilinda oglu Serasker Saib Pasa (40) tarafindan yaptirildigi ogrenilmektedir.