Born probably ca. 1440 in Bursa, Sinan al-Dîn Yusuf Paşa (also known as Hoca Paşa) was descendant of two prominent early Ottoman ulema families (his father was the first judge of Istanbul). He was appointed as teacher in various medreses in Edirne and later in Mehmed II’s sahn-i semaniye, together with the post of the Sultan’s hoca. In 1470 he became vizier and in 1476 Grand Vizier. Within a year he was dismissed and put to prison; after a collective protest by ulema (who allegedly threatened of burning their books and leave the realm), Mehmed II released him and sent him as a judge and teacher to Sivrihisar, where he stayed till the Sultan’s death. Bayezid II restored him as vizier and as a teacher in Edirne. He died in 1486.
Maârif-nâme(“Book of Knowledge”); also known as Nasîhat-nâme, “Book of advice”. He is also the author of legal and mathematical treatises, a voluminous work on tasavvuf (Tazarru’-nâme) and a collection of saints’ biographies.