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Turhan Hatice Sultan

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Turhan Hatice Sultan

Birth
Ukraine
Death
4 Aug 1683 (aged 55–56)
Edirne, Türkiye
Burial
Burial Details Unknown. Specifically: DETAILS ARE KNOWN: She is buried in the Yeni Mosque (Previously called the New Valide Mosque) in Istanbul, modern day Turkey Add to Map
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Born somewhere around modern day Russia, Turhan was kidnapped at the age of twelve and gifted to the Ottomans by the Khan of Crimea. She quickly rose to become a favorite concubine of the Sultan Ibrahim I, bearing him a son named Mehmed. When Ibrahim died, Mehmed rose to become Sultan under the title Mehmed IV, with the renowned Kosem Sultan (the boy's grandmother) as his regent (as Mehmed was underage at his ascension). Turhan Hatice was passed up for the regency because she had no political background or real backing at court, but that would change. After three years of battling with Kosem for control, Turhan Hatice learned of a plot in which Kosem planned to depose Mehmed in favor of his younger half-brother Suleyman. Turhan Hatice had Kosem killed, strangled to death. With Kosem out of the way, Turhan Hatice moved into a position of Regent and quickly learned how to rule, attending meetings of state side by side with her son. Eventually Turhan Hatice appointed a Grand Vizier to overtake the majority of her regency duties so she could spend more time in ceremonial and philanthropic roles, where she thrived. She built mosques and repaired fortresses, gathered libraries, and was the subject of a poem by Abdi Pasa. When she died, she was buried in the New Valide Mosque she had helped build.
Born somewhere around modern day Russia, Turhan was kidnapped at the age of twelve and gifted to the Ottomans by the Khan of Crimea. She quickly rose to become a favorite concubine of the Sultan Ibrahim I, bearing him a son named Mehmed. When Ibrahim died, Mehmed rose to become Sultan under the title Mehmed IV, with the renowned Kosem Sultan (the boy's grandmother) as his regent (as Mehmed was underage at his ascension). Turhan Hatice was passed up for the regency because she had no political background or real backing at court, but that would change. After three years of battling with Kosem for control, Turhan Hatice learned of a plot in which Kosem planned to depose Mehmed in favor of his younger half-brother Suleyman. Turhan Hatice had Kosem killed, strangled to death. With Kosem out of the way, Turhan Hatice moved into a position of Regent and quickly learned how to rule, attending meetings of state side by side with her son. Eventually Turhan Hatice appointed a Grand Vizier to overtake the majority of her regency duties so she could spend more time in ceremonial and philanthropic roles, where she thrived. She built mosques and repaired fortresses, gathered libraries, and was the subject of a poem by Abdi Pasa. When she died, she was buried in the New Valide Mosque she had helped build.

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