Zal Mahmud Paşa, nicknamed "Zal" after the mythical hero of the Shahnama because of his proficiency as a wrestler, was a governor and then vizier under the Ottoman sultan Selim II. He was the second husband of the sultan's widowed daughter, Şahsultan,
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