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Kasım Ağalocked

(b Garmish, Berat, Albania; d Istanbul, c. 1660).
  • Howard Crane

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Ottoman architect. He followed the typical career path for an architect at the Ottoman court: recruited as a janissary, he was trained in the imperial palace in Istanbul before his appointment (by 1626–7) as chief court architect. Twice exiled because of court intrigues and the fall of fellow Albanian officials, he always managed to return to the capital. Although Kasım Ağa had general responsibility for all imperial foundations during his tenure as chief court architect (...

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Encyclopaedia of Islam (Leiden, 1954–)