Canikli Ali Paşa (1720/1-1785) was born in Istanbul; his father was an imperial kapıcıbaşı. He succeeded his brother as the derebey of Canik (the province of Samsun in the Black Sea). He participated in the Russo-Turkish war of 1768-1774; during these years he extended his dominions westwards to Trabzon, Sivas and Erzerum. In 1778 his enmity with the neighbouring derebey family of the Çapanoğulları cost him his office and rank; he fled to the Crimea until he was reinstated in 1781.
Tedâbîrü’l-gazavât (“The expedients of war”; also copied under the titles Tedbîr-i nadir, tedbîr-i cedîd-i nadir, Canikli Ali Paşa’nın risalesi, Nesayihü’l-mülûk)