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Husein Gradascevic
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Military Personnel
    (August 31, 1802-August 17, 1834)
    Born in Gradačac, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Bosniak general fighting for local autonomy in Bosnia
    Nicknamed ‘Dragon of Bosnia’
    Led a Bosniak uprising against Sultan Mahmud II (1830-1833)
    Vizier of Bosnia Elayet (1831-1833)
    Defeated the imperial army at Kosovo and Novi Pazar (1831)
    Fled to Austria when the uprising was quelled (May 31, 1832)
    Went to Istanbul on grounds that he wouldn’t set foot on the European lands of the Ottoman Empire ever again (December 1832)
    Died in Istanbul, Turkey
    Little is known about his childhood.
    He was regarded as a reactionary for protesting against the Sultan’s modern reforms.
    His cause of death was fiercely debated; there’s a legend that he was poisoned by the Ottomans while cholera may have been a more probable cause.
    He was largely ignored during the Communist era because of his upper class origins and perceived opposition to modernization.
    He was a child prodigy, learning Arabic calligraphy at sixteen as well as how to read and write at an early age.
    His father died when he was ten. (1812)
    He tolerated Christians living in Gradačac, even approving the construction of Christian buildings despite not asking the Ottoman sultan for approval.
    To be fair, Sultan Mahmud II’s reforms involved the mass conscription of Bosniaks into the new army model he created upon abolishing the janissaries.
    He advocated for a peaceful multicultural Bosnia Elayet, autonomous from Mahmud II’s dictatorial rule.
    There was a Bosnian saying that after his death, a Bosniak couldn’t hear his name and not weep afterwards.

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