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Mehmed IV, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

Lithuanian: Mehmedas IV Avdži (Medžiotojas}, Osmanų imperijos sultonas
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Birthplace: Цариград, Турция
Death: Died in Одрин, Турция
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Son of Ibrahim I, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and Turhan Hatice / Nadya Sultan
Husband of Emetullah Rabia Gülnuş Valide Sultan
Father of Mustafa II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire; Ahmed III (1673-1730), Sultan of the Ottoman Empire; Hatice Sultan; Fatma Sultan; Ümmi Sultan and 2 others
Brother of Gevherhan Sultan House of Osman; Ahmedas; Beyhan Sultan; Ümmü Gülsüm Sultan House of Osman; Peykân Sultan House of Osman and 1 other
Half brother of Bajezidas; Džihangiras; Selimas; Atike Sultan House of Osman; Bidžan and 7 others

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About Mehmed IV, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

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Mehmed IV Modern Turkish Mehmet (Ottoman Turkish: محمد رابع Meḥmed-i rābi‘; also known as Avcı Mehmed, Mehmed the Hunter; January 2, 1642 – January 6, 1693) was the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1648 to 1687. Taking the throne at age six, his reign was significant as he changed the nature of the Sultan's position forever by giving up most of his executive power to his Grand Vizier.

Early life

Born at Topkapı Palace, Constantinople, in 1642, he was the son of Sultan Ibrahim (1640–48) by Valide Sultan Turhan Hatice, a Ruthenian (Ukrainian) concubine, and the grandson of Kösem Sultan of Greek origin. Soon after his birth, his father and mother quarreled, and Ibrahim was so enraged that he tore Mehmed from his mother's arms and flung the infant into a cistern. Fortunately, Mehmed was rescued by the harem servants. His father's actions resulted in Mehmed cutting his head, which left him with a lifelong scar.

Reign

Mehmed ascended to the throne in 1648 at the age of only six. His ascension marked the end of a very volatile time for the Ottoman Dynasty; there had been a Mustafa I deposed twice and two Sultans killed, including Mehmed’s father and predecessor, Ibrahim I.

Battle of Vienna

But on 12 September 1683, the Austrians and their Polish allies under King Jan Sobieski took advantage of dissent within the Turkish military command and poor disposition of his troops, winning the Battle of Vienna with a devastating flank attack led by Sobieski's Polish cavalry. The Turks retreated into Hungary, and then leaving the kingdom for retaking by the Austrians in 1686.

Confrontation with Cossacks

An incident during Mehmed IV's reign is remembered mainly in Ukraine and Russia. The Zaporozhian Cossacks defeated Ottoman forces in the field and refused the Sultan's demand to submit, answering him with a letter full of insults and profanities. This response is commemorated in the famous late 19th century painting Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks by the Russian painter Ilya Repin.

The Quaker Mary Fisher

In 1658 Mehmed IV received and patiently listened to the English Quaker preacher Mary Fisher, who believed she was sent by God to speak to him. The meeting is known mainly from Fisher's own very favorable account (see Mary Fisher) rather than from Ottoman sources, so that it is not known precisely what the Sultan made of her message (which was relayed to him in translation). His personal views aside, his tolerance stands in strong contrast to the cruel persecution Fisher and other Quakers suffered in their native England.

Later life and death

In 1687 he was deposed by the combined forces of Yeğen Osman and the janissaries. Mehmed then was imprisoned in Topkapı Palace. However, he was permitted to leave the Palace from time to time, as he died in Edirne Palace in 1693. He was buried in Turhan Hadice Sultan's tomb, near his mother's mosque in Constantinople. Just before he died in 1691, a plot was discovered in which the senior clerics of the empire planned to reinstate Mehmed on the throne in response to the ill health of his successor, Suleiman II.

Accomplishments

Sultan Mehmed IV was known as Avcı, "the hunter", as this outdoor exercise took up much of his time.

His reign is notable for a brief revival of Ottoman fortunes led by Grand Vizier, Mehmed Köprülü and his son Fazıl Ahmet . They regained the Aegean islands from Venice and fought successful campaigns against Transylvania (1664) and Poland (1670–1674). At one point, when Mehmed IV allied himself with Petro Doroshenko, Ottoman rule was close to extending into Podolia and Ukraine. See Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks for his correspondence with the Cossacks.

A later vizier, Kara Mustafa was less able. Supporting the 1683 Hungarian uprising of Imre Thököly against Austrian rule, Kara Mustafa marched a vast army through Hungary and besieged Vienna at the Battle of Vienna. On the Kahlenberg Heights, the Ottomans suffered a catastrophic rout by Polish forces famously led by their King, John III Sobieski (1674–96), and his Holy League allies, notably the Imperial army.

His favourite harem girl was Emetullah Rabia Gülnûş Sultan, who was a slave girl taken prisoner at Rethymnon (Turkish Resmo) in the island of Crete. Their two sons, Mustafa II and Ahmed III, became Ottoman Sultans during (1695–1703) and (1703–1730) respectively.

Apie Mehmedas IV Avdži (Medžiotojas}, Osmanų imperijos sultonas (Lietuvių)

Mehmed IV Modern Turkish Mehmet (Ottoman Turkish: محمد رابع Meḥmed-i rābi‘; also known as Avcı Mehmed, Mehmed the Hunter; January 2, 1642 – January 6, 1693) was the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1648 to 1687. While the first and last years of his reign were characterized by military defeat and political instability, during the central years of his long reign he oversaw a revival of the empire's fortunes associated with the Köprülü era.

Biography

Early life

Mehmed IV presided over much of the Köprülü Era, an exceptionally stable period of Ottoman history.

Born at Topkapı Palace, Constantinople, in 1642, he was the son of Sultan Ibrahim (1615–48) by Valide Sultan Turhan Hatice, a Ruthenian (Ukrainian) concubine,[1] and the grandson of Kösem Sultan of Greek origin.[2][3][4][5] Soon after his birth, his father and mother quarreled, and Ibrahim was so enraged that he tore Mehmed from his mother's arms and flung the infant into a cistern. Fortunately, Mehmed was rescued by the harem servants. However, this left Mehmed with a lifelong scar on his head.[6]

Reign

Mehmed ascended to the throne in 1648 at the age of only six. His ascension marked the end of a very volatile time for the Ottoman Dynasty; Mustafa I had been deposed twice and two Sultans had been killed, Osman and Ibrahim. In addition to the palace intrigues, the empire faced severe problems, including uprisings in Anatolia, the defeat of the Ottoman navy by the Venetians outside the Dardanelles and food shortages leading to riots in Constantinople. It was under these circumstances that Mehmed's mother granted Köprülü Mehmed Pasha full executive powers as Grand Vizier. Köprülü took office on September 14, 1656.[7] Accomplishments

Sultan Mehmed IV was known as Avcı, "the hunter", as this outdoor exercise took up much of his time.

His reign is notable for a brief revival of Ottoman fortunes led by the Grand Vizier Mehmed Köprülü and his son Fazıl Ahmet. They regained the Aegean islands from Venice, and Crete, during the Cretan War (1645–1669). They also fought successful campaigns against Transylvania (1660) and Poland (1670–1674). At one point, when Mehmed IV allied himself with Petro Doroshenko, Ottoman rule was close to extending into Podolia and Right-bank Ukraine. See Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks for his correspondence with the Cossacks.

A later vizier, Kara Mustafa was less able. Supporting the 1683 Hungarian uprising of Imre Thököly against Austrian rule, Kara Mustafa marched a vast army through Hungary and besieged Vienna at the Battle of Vienna. On the Kahlenberg Heights, the Ottomans suffered a catastrophic rout by Polish forces famously led by their King, John III Sobieski (1674–96), and his Holy League allies, notably the Imperial army. Great Turkish War Main article: Great Turkish War The siege of united Christian forces in Buda, 1686

But on September 12, 1683, the Austrians and their Polish allies under King Jan Sobieski took advantage of dissent within the Turkish military command and poor disposition of his troops, winning the Battle of Vienna with a devastating flank attack led by Sobieski's Polish cavalry. The Turks retreated into Hungary, however this was only the beginning of the Great Turkish War as the armies of the Holy League began their long, but successful campaign to push back the Ottomans to the Balkans.

Later life and death

After the second Battle of Mohács (1687), the Ottoman Empire fell into deep crisis. There was a mutiny among the Ottoman troops. The commander and Grand Vizier Sarı Süleyman Pasha became frightened that he would be killed by his own troops and fled from his command, first to Belgrade and then to Istanbul. When the news of the defeat and the mutiny arrived in Istanbul in early September, Abaza Siyavuş Pasha was appointed as the commander and soon as the Grand Vizier. However, before he could take over his command, the whole Ottoman Army had disintegrated and the Ottoman household troops (Janissaries and Sipahis) started to return to their base in Istanbul under their own lower-rank officers. Sarı Suleyman Pasa was executed. Sultan Mehmed IV appointed the commander of Istanbul Straits Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa Pasha as the Grand Vizier's regent in Istanbul. He made consultations with the leaders of the army that existed and the other leading Ottoman statesmen. After these, on 8 November 1687 it was decided to depose Sultan Mehmed IV and to enthrone his brother Suleiman II as the new Sultan. Mehmed was deposed by the combined forces of Yeğen Osman and the janissaries. Mehmed was then imprisoned in Topkapı Palace. However, he was permitted to leave the Palace from time to time, as he died in Edirne Palace in 1693. He was buried in Turhan Hadice Sultan's tomb, near his mother's mosque in Constantinople. Just before he died in 1691, a plot was discovered in which the senior clerics of the empire planned to reinstate Mehmed on the throne in response to the ill health of his successor, Suleiman II.

His favourite harem girl was Emetullah Rabia Gülnûş Sultan, who was a slave girl and later his wife, was taken prisoner at Rethymnon (Turkish Resmo) in the island of Crete.[8] Their two sons, Mustafa II and Ahmed III, became Ottoman Sultans during (1695–1703) and (1703–1730) respectively. Purported exchange with Cossacks

An incident during Mehmed IV's reign is remembered mainly in Ukraine and Russia. The Zaporozhian Cossacks defeated Ottoman forces in the field and refused the Sultan's demand to submit, answering him with a letter full of insults and profanities. This response is commemorated in the famous late 19th-century painting Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks by the Russian painter Ilya Repin. The Quaker Mary Fisher

In 1658 Mehmed IV received and patiently listened to the English Quaker preacher Mary Fisher, who believed she was sent by God to speak to him. The meeting is known mainly from Fisher's own very favorable account (see this section) rather than from Ottoman sources, so that it is not known precisely what the Sultan made of her message (which was relayed to him in translation). Marriages and Issue[9] Consorts

   Emetullah Rabia Gülnuş Sultan, originally named Eugenia Voria and of ethnic Greek as the daughter of a Greek Orthodox priest or a member of the Venetian Verzzizi family.
   Afifa Haseki (d. 1688).
   Rabia Haseki.
   Kaniya Haseki.
   Siyavush Haseki.
   Gul-Beyaz Iqbal.
   Rukiya Bash-odalik.
   Jihan-Shah Khanum, previously a Gozde.
   Durriya Gozde.
   Navruz Gozde.

Sons

   Mustafa II (6 February 1664 – 29/30 December 1703) - son of Gülnuş Sultan.
   Ahmed III (30/31 December 1673 – 1 July 1736) - son of Gülnuş Sultan.
   Şehzade Bayazid (31 December 1678 – January 1679).
   Şehzade Ibrahim (died young).
   Şehzade Sulaiman (13 February 1681 – died young).

Daughters

   Ummi Sultan.
   Gavher Sultan.
   Khadija Sultan (1662 – 9 May 1743) - daughter of Gülnuş Sultan. Married:
       firstly 9th July 1675, Admiral H.E. Damad Mustafa Pasha.
       secondly 1690, H.H. Damad Murali Enista Hasan Pasha, Grand Vizier.
   Ummatu'llah Sultan [Ummi Kucuk] (1670 – 13 December 1720). Married:
       firstly 9 July 1675, H.H. Damad Kara Mustafa Pasha Maktul, Grand Vizier.
       secondly 13 January 1694, H.E. Damad Xerxes Kucuk Osman Pasha, 5th Vizier 1698, 4th Vizier.
   Fatma Sultan (1681 – 6 December 1700) - daughter of Gülnuş Sultan. Married:
       firstly 20 January 1696, H.E. Damad Xerxes Ibrahim Pasha Tirnakji.
       secondly 1697, Damad Topal Yusuf Pasha, Vizir 1697, and Amir-i-Haj at Damascus 1714. .
   Daughter, married after 1687 Damad Kasim Mustafa Pasha, the Pasha of Adrianople.
   Daughter (with Gul-Beyaz).

Legacy

While Mehmed was able to bring much needed stability to the empire, he is generally remembered for surrendering much of his power to the Köprülü family of Grand Vezirs. See also

   Great Turkish War
   Köprülü Era
   Kösem Sultan
   Çınar Incident
   The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk

Notes

Natalia Yakovenko."Essays on History on Ukraine. From the Earliest Times until the End of the 18th Century". 1997. E. van Donzel, Islamic Desk Reference: Compiled from the Encyclopaedia of Islam, Brill Academic Publishers, p 219 Robert Bator, Daily Life in Ancient and Modern Istanbul, Runestone Press, p 42 Douglas Arthur Howard, The History of Turkey, Greenwood Press, p 195 Kosem Sultan - Britannica Online Encyclopedia John Freely - Inside the Seraglio published 1999, Chapter 9: Three Mad Sultans Streusand, Donald E., Islamic Gunpowder Empires: Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals (Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2011), p. 57. Some sources state that she was originally an ethnic Greek named Evmania while others state that she was of Venetian Verzini family settled in Crete. The Imperial House of Osman: Genealogy [retrieved 7 March 2016].

О Mehmed IV, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (русский)

Мехмед IV е 19-ия султан на Османската империя, роден на 2 януари 1642 в Истанбул. Първо дете на султан Ибрахим I и Хатидже Турхан валиде султан. След заговор, едва шестгодишен се възкачва на престола. През първите три години от управлението му регенти са майка му и влиятелната му баба Кьосем Махпейкер валиде султан. На 2 септември 1651 година обаче Хатидже Турхан заповядва султанката-баба да бъде удушена. Следва поредица от смени на велики везири, през 1656 Хатидже Турхан назначава Кьопрюлю Мехмед паша на поста. По време на управлението на везира Османската империя заздравява позициите си на световна сила. Бюджетът се стабилизира. Кьопрюлю Мехмед умира през 1661 година и на негово място е назначен синът му Фазъл Ахмед паша. По време на петнадесетгодишното управление на Ахмед паша Османската империя достига най-голямото си териториално разширение за всички времена. Завладени са нови територии в Централна Европа. На 3 ноември 1676 година пашата умира и на поста е назначен доведеният му брат Кара Мустафа паша. През 1683 година е предприета втора неуспешна обсада на Виена. Заради неуспеха пашата е свален от поста и убит. Засилва се и негодуванието срещу султана. Той провежда многобройни ловни кампании в Източна Тракия и прекарва повече време в Одрин, отколкото в Истанбул. През 1687 година Мехмед IV е детрониран и изпратен в Одрин, където на 6 януари 1693 г. умира на 51 години.

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Mehmed IV, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire's Timeline

1642
January 2, 1642
Цариград, Турция
1664
February 6, 1664
Age 22
Цариград, Турция
1673
December 30, 1673
Age 31
1693
January 6, 1693
Age 51
Одрин, Турция
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