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Beka III Jaqeli

Beka III Jaqeli
Pasha of Childir
PredecessorManuchar III
SuccessorYusuf I
Bornc. 1564
IssueYusuf I Jaqeli
FatherKaikhosro II Jaqeli
ReligionOrthodox Christianity,
Converted to Islam in 1625

Beka III Jaqeli, also known as Sefer Pasha (Georgian: ბექა III ჯაყელი; Turkish: Sefer Paşa), (c. 1564—1635) was a Georgian ruler of Childir Eyalet and vassal of the Ottoman Empire from 1625 to 1635. He was a member of the Jaqeli family and the third son of Kaikhosro II Jaqeli and Dedisimedi. Beka came to power after poisoning his nephew Manuchar III, the last Christian ruler of Samtskhe-Saatabago. After this Beka III went to Istanbul, on the court of Sultan Murad IV. He converted to Islam, called himself Sefer Pasha and returned to his ruling state.[1] Under his rule Ottomans started the process of spreading Islam in Samtskhe. Sefer Pasha Died in 1635 and was succeeded by his son, Yusuf I as a new Pasha of Childir.


  1. ^ Georgian Soviet encyclopedia, volume 2, page 346, Tbilisi, 1977


  • Mikaberidze, Alexander (2015). Historical Dictionary of Georgia (2 ed.). Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1442241466.
  • Rayfield, Donald (2012). Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia. Reaktion Books. ISBN 978-1780230702.
Beka III Jaqeli Jaqeli Preceded byAtabeg of Samtskhe Manuchar III Pasha of Childir 1625-1635 Succeeded byPasha of Childir Yusuf I
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