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ʿUlūd̲j̲ ʿAlī
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, Mediterranean corsair, Ottoman administrator and Grand Admiral of the Turkish fleet ( Ḳapudan Pas̲h̲a [q.v.]; b. ca . 926/1520 in Calabria, d. 995/1587 in Istanbul). In western literature, his name has been routinely distorted or Italianised, the most frequent form being Occhiali. The name Ḳi̊li̊d̲j̲ ʿAlī (“ʿAlī the Sword"), preferred by modern Turkish historiography, was conferred on him in the aftermath of the Battle of Lepanto [see ʿaynabak̲h̲ti̊ ], together with the post of Ḳapudan Pas̲h̲a, as a reward for scoring a partial victory in the otherwise disastrous defeat.

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Soucek, S., “ʿUlūd̲j̲ ʿAlī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 25 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7703>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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