Ali Nayip Zade (Greek: Αλί Ναΐπ Ζαντέ) was a Cretan Muslim
who served in high administrative posts in Greece.
A personal friend of the Liberal Cretan politician and Prime Minister
Greece Eleftherios Venizelos, Nayip Zade was appointed by him as
the first Prefect of Drama and Kavala in 1913. During Greece's
expansion in the wake of the
Balkan Wars and after World War I
Venizelos, anxious to secure the acquiescence to Greek rule the
goodwill of the large Muslim populations of Macedonia and Thrace,
often appointed Cretan Muslims he knew and trusted to senior
administrative posts in areas with a heavy Muslim presence. In
1919, Nayip Zade occupied a senior post in the administration of the
Smyrna Zone, before being appointed Prefect of Adrianople, and
subsequently Prefect of
Lasithi in Crete, a post he kept until the
Greco-Turkish population exchange
Greco-Turkish population exchange of 1923.
^ a b Tsitselikis 2012, p. 59.
^ Tsitselikis 2012, pp. 57–59.
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