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Mihrimah Osmanoğlu (Sultan)

Lithuanian: Mihrimah Osmanoğlu (Sultan), Sultan
Also Known As: "Sunčev mjesec", "Opuković", "Mihrumah", "Mihr-î-Mâh", "Mihrî-a-Mâh or Mehr-î-Mâh."
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
Death: January 25, 1578 (55)
Istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
Place of Burial: Istanbul, Turkey
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Suleiman the Magnificent and Hürrem Sultan
Wife of Rustem-paša /Damat Rüstem Paşa Opuković, Pasha
Mother of Ayşe Hümaşah Hanım Sultan Hümaşah Sultan and Sultanzade Mehmed Bey Bey
Sister of Şehzade Mehmed; Şehzade Abdullah; Selim II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire; Şehzade Bayezid and Şehzade Cihangir
Half sister of Şehzade Mustafa; Şehzade Ahmed; Raziye Sultan; Mustafa Osmanoğlu; Şehzade Mahmud and 4 others

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About Mihrimah Sultan

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Mihrimah Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: مهر ماه سلطان, Turkish pronunciation: [mihɾiˈmah suɫˈtan]) (21 March 1522 – 25 January 1588) was the daughter of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I and his wife Hürrem Sultan.[1] Mihrimah Sultan's name is also spelled Mihrumah, Mihr-î-Mâh, Mihrî-a-Mâh or Mehr-î-Mâh. She was born in Constantinople. Mehr-î-Mâh means "Sun (lit. clemency, compassion, endearment, affection) and Moon".

Contents

  • 1 Life
  • 2 Notes
  • 3 References

Life

Mihrimah traveled throughout the Ottoman Empire with her father as he surveyed the lands and conquered new ones. It is written in Persian literature that she traveled into battle with her father on an Arabian stallion called Batal at the Battle of Gizah in northern Egypt outside Alexandria.

In Constantinople on 26 November 1539, at the age of seventeen, Mihr-î-Mâh was married off to Damat (literal translation, son-in-law) Rüstem Pasha (1505 -10 July 1561), the Grand Vizier under Suleiman. Though the union was unhappy, Mihrimah flourished as a patroness of the arts and continued her travels with her father until her husband's death.

The fact that Mihrimah encouraged her father to launch the campaign against Malta, promising to build 400 galleys at her own expense; that like her mother she wrote letters to Sigismund II the King of Poland; and that on her father's death she lent 50,000 gold sovereigns to her brother Sultan Selim to meet his immediate needs, illustrate the political power which she wielded.

She was not only a princess, but functioned as Valide Sultan (equivalent to "Queen Mother") to her younger brother Selim II (r. 1566 - 1574). In Ottoman Turkey, the valide sultan traditionally had access to considerable economic resources and often funded major architectural projects. Mihrimah Sultan's most famous foundations are the two Istanbul-area mosque complexes that bear her name, both designed by her father's chief architect, Mimar Sinan. Mihrimah Mosque at the Edirne Gate, at the western wall of the old city of Constantinople, was one of Sinan's most imaginative designs, using new support systems and lateral spaces to increase the area available for windows. The second mosque is the İskele Mosque, which is one of Üsküdar's most prominent landmarks. There is a myth about these two Mosques. It is said that Mimar Sinan fell in love with Mihrimah and built the smaller mosque in Edirnekapı without palace approval, on his own, dedicated to his love. The legend continues to say that on 21 March (when day time and night time are equal and Mihrimah's alleged birthday, hence the name) at the time of sunset, if you have clear view of both mosques, you will notice that as the sun sets behind the only minaret of the mosque in Edirnekapı, the moon rises between the two minarets of the mosque in Üsküdar.

She died in Constantinople on 25 January 1588. Her elder brother, Mehmed, died in 1543. She also had four younger brothers: Abdullah (died in 1526), Selim (died in 1574), Bayezid (died in 1561), and Cihangir (died in 1553).

Notes

  1. Leslie P. Peirce, The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire, (Oxford University Press, 1993), 18, 201.

References

Mihrimah Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: مهر ماه سلطان‎, Turkish pronunciation: [mihɾiˈmah suɫˈtan]) (21 March 1522 – 25 January 1578) was an Ottoman princess, as daughter of Suleiman the Magnificent, 10th Ottoman Sultan, and his legal wife Hürrem Sultan.[1][2] She was the most powerful imperial princess in the Ottoman history, even compared with imperial lady who held the title valide sultan, and one of the prominent figure during Sultanate of Women.

Name

Mihrimah Sultan's name is also spelled Mihrumah, Mihr-î-Mâh, Mihrî-a-Mâh or Mehr-î-Mâh. Mehr-î-Mâh means "Sun (lit. clemency, compassion, endearment, affection) and Moon". Among to some Westerner, she was also known as Cameria. Her portrait by Cristofano dell’Altissimo entitled as Cameria Solimani.

Other Ottoman imperial princesses who also named “Mihrimah” and also Mihrimah Sultan’s close relative were:

   Mihrimah’s niece as daughter of Şehzade Bayezid, son of Suleiman the Magnificent and Mihrimah’s younger full-brother.
   Mihrimah’s grandniece as daughter of Murad III, son of Selim II and Mihrimah’s nephew.

Biography

Portrait by Titian, c. 1555 A letter that was written by Mihrimah Sultan to Sigismund II Augustus in 1548

Mihrimah was born in Constantinople (Istanbul) on 21 March 1522 during the reign of her father, Suleiman the Magnificent. Her mother was Hürrem Sultan, an Orthodox priest’s daughter, who was the current Sultan’s concubine. Mihrimah had one elder full-brother, Mehmed (born 1521), and four younger full-brothers, Abdullah (born 1522), Selim (born 28 May 1524), Bayezid (born 1525), and Cihangir (born 9 December 1531). She also had half-siblings: Mustafa son of Mahidevran, Murad son of Gülfem, Mahmud, and Raziye. In 1533 or 1534,[3] her mother, Hürrem, was freed and married Suleiman and became his legal wife.

On 26 November 1539 in Constantinople at the age of seventeen, Mihrimah was married off to Rüstem, Governor of Diyarbakır. Five years later, her husband was selected by Suleiman to become Grand Vizier. Though the union was unhappy, Mihrimah flourished as a patroness of the arts and continued her travels with her father until her husband's death.

Mihrimah was not like other imperial princess in the Ottoman history. She was active in political affairs even in foreign courts and had access to considerable economic resources. She also became chief of imperial harem during the reign of Selim II. Her ability and power and her ability in running the affairs of the harem in the same manner in which only the sultan's mother did, and even more, made Mihrimah a stand-in Valide Sultan for Selim II, although she was not called by this title officially on any historical record. Politic affair

Mihrimah traveled throughout the Ottoman Empire with her father as he surveyed the lands and conquered new ones. In international politics, Hürrem sent letters to Sigismund II, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, and the contents of her letters were mirrored in letters written by Mihrimah, and sent by the same courier, who also carried letters from the sultan and her husband Rüstem Pasha the Grand Vizier.[2] Therefore, it is most probable that Hürrem and Mihrimah were well known even among ordinary Ukrainians.[4]

One of the popular, and also controversial story about Mihrimah was about her rivalry with her half-brother Mustafa, although less popular than her mother and her husband’s story. Mihrimah, along with her mother Hürrem who was Ottoman Haseki Sultan and her husband Rüstem who was Ottoman Grand Vizier, made a strong alliance and became dominated power in divan and inner circle of palace. Unfortunately for Mustafa, this condition became great obstacle for him to access to the throne, although he was supported by Janissaries.

Although there is no proof of Hürrem or Mihrimah’s direct involvement, Ottoman sources and foreign accounts indicate that it was widely believed that the three worked first to eliminate Mustafa so as ensure the throne to Hürrem’s son and Mihrimah’s full-brother, Bayezid.[2] The rivalry ended in a loss for Mustafa when he was executed by his own father’s command in 1553 during the campaign against Safavid Persia because of fear of rebellion. Although this stories were not based on first-hand sources,[3] this fear of Mustafa was not unreasonable. Had Mustafa ascended to the throne, all Mihrimah’s full-brothers (Selim, Bayezid, and Cihangir) would have likely been executed, according to the fratricide custom of the Ottoman dynasty, which required all brothers of the new sultan be executed to avoid feuds among imperial siblings.[4]

Mihrimah also became Suleiman’s advisor, his confidant and his closest relative, especially after Suleiman’s other relatives and companions died or were exiled one by one, like Mustafa (executed in October 1553), Mahidevran (lost her status in the palace after Mustafa’s death and went to Bursa), Cihangir (died in November 1553), Hürrem (died in April 1558), Rüstem (died in July 1561), Bayezid (executed in September 1561), and Gülfem (died in 1561 or 1562). After Hürrem’s death, Mihrimah took her mother’s place as her father's councelor, urging him to undertake the conquest of Malta and sending him news and forwarding letters for him when he was absent from capital.[2] Economic power

Beside her great political intelligence, Mihrimah also had access to considerable economic resources and often funded major architectural projects. She promised to build 400 galleys at her own expense to encourage Suleiman in his campaign against Malta. When her brother ascended to the throne as Selim II, she lent him some 50,000 gold sovereigns to sate his immediate needs. Mihrimah Sultan Mosque in Edirnekapı, İstanbul, Turkey.

Mihrimah also sponsored a number of major architectural projects. Her most famous foundations are the two Istanbul-area mosque complexes that bear her name, both designed by her father's chief architect, Mimar Sinan. Mihrimah Sultan Mosque (Turkish: Mihrimah Sultan Camii), also known as İskele Mosque (Turkish: Iskele Camii), which is one of Üsküdar's most prominent landmarks and was built between 1546 and 1548. The second mosque is also named as Mihrimah Sultan Mosque at the Edirne Gate, at the western wall of the old city of Constantinople, was one of Sinan's most imaginative designs, using new support systems and lateral spaces to increase the area available for windows. Its building took place from 1562 to 1565.

There is a myth about these two Mosques. It is said that Mimar Sinan fell in love with Mihrimah and built the smaller mosque in Edirnekapı without palace approval, on his own, dedicated to his love. The legend continues to say that on 21 March (when daytime and nighttime are equal and Mihrimah's alleged birthday, hence the name) at the time of sunset, if you have clear view of both mosques, you will notice that as the sun sets behind the only minaret of the mosque in Edirnekapı, the moon rises between the two minarets of the mosque in Üsküdar. Even became historical debates claiming if that is real or not, this story has become one of Istanbul's popular urban legends until now. Later life and death Mihr-i Mâh Sultan was buried next to her father Suleiman the Magnificient inside his türbe at Süleymaniye Camii.

Mihrimah’s life was uncertain after Selim’s death in 1574. First opinion says that Mihrimah lost all her power and retired at the Old Palace. Other opinion says that Mihrimah kept her position at Topkapı Palace and continued to share her power until her death with Nurbanu, the new Valide Sultan, although her and also other imperial princesses' formal positions were under Nurbanu Sultan, Murad’s mother, and Safiye Sultan, Murad’s wife.

Mihrimah died in Constantinople on 25 January 1578 during the reign of her nephew Murad III, outliving all of her siblings. She was buried in Süleyman Mosque complex. In popular culture

In the 2011–2014 TV series Muhteşem Yüzyıl, she is portrayed by Pelin Karahan. Notes

"The Imperial House of Osman: Genealogy". Archived from the original on 2 May 2006. Peirce, Leslie P. (1993). The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508677-5. Yermolenko, Galina (April 2005). "Roxolana: "The Greatest Empresse of the East". DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

   Yermolenko, Galina I. (1988). Roxolana in Europan Literature, History and Culture. Ashgate Publishing Limited.

References

   Imperial Harem : Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire 1993 by Leslie Peirce, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508677-5.

External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mihrimah Sultan.

   Photos of Mihrimah Sultan Mosque in Edirnekapi
   Photos of Iskele Mosque (aka Mihrimah) in Uskudar
   Mihrimah Sultan Mosque in Edirnekapi
   Mihrimah Sultan -- an Ottoman princess’ legacy survives

About Mihrimah Sultan (Croatian)

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Mihrimah Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: مهر ماه سلطان, Turkish pronunciation: [mihɾiˈmah suɫˈtan]) (21 March 1522 – 25 January 1588) was the daughter of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I and his wife Hürrem Sultan.[1] Mihrimah Sultan's name is also spelled Mihrumah, Mihr-î-Mâh, Mihrî-a-Mâh or Mehr-î-Mâh. She was born in Constantinople. Mehr-î-Mâh means "Sun (lit. clemency, compassion, endearment, affection) and Moon".

Contents

  • 1 Life
  • 2 Notes
  • 3 References

Life

Mihrimah traveled throughout the Ottoman Empire with her father as he surveyed the lands and conquered new ones. It is written in Persian literature that she traveled into battle with her father on an Arabian stallion called Batal at the Battle of Gizah in northern Egypt outside Alexandria.

In Constantinople on 26 November 1539, at the age of seventeen, Mihr-î-Mâh was married off to Damat (literal translation, son-in-law) Rüstem Pasha (1505 -10 July 1561), the Grand Vizier under Suleiman. Though the union was unhappy, Mihrimah flourished as a patroness of the arts and continued her travels with her father until her husband's death.

The fact that Mihrimah encouraged her father to launch the campaign against Malta, promising to build 400 galleys at her own expense; that like her mother she wrote letters to Sigismund II the King of Poland; and that on her father's death she lent 50,000 gold sovereigns to her brother Sultan Selim to meet his immediate needs, illustrate the political power which she wielded.

She was not only a princess, but functioned as Valide Sultan (equivalent to "Queen Mother") to her younger brother Selim II (r. 1566 - 1574). In Ottoman Turkey, the valide sultan traditionally had access to considerable economic resources and often funded major architectural projects. Mihrimah Sultan's most famous foundations are the two Istanbul-area mosque complexes that bear her name, both designed by her father's chief architect, Mimar Sinan. Mihrimah Mosque at the Edirne Gate, at the western wall of the old city of Constantinople, was one of Sinan's most imaginative designs, using new support systems and lateral spaces to increase the area available for windows. The second mosque is the İskele Mosque, which is one of Üsküdar's most prominent landmarks. There is a myth about these two Mosques. It is said that Mimar Sinan fell in love with Mihrimah and built the smaller mosque in Edirnekapı without palace approval, on his own, dedicated to his love. The legend continues to say that on 21 March (when day time and night time are equal and Mihrimah's alleged birthday, hence the name) at the time of sunset, if you have clear view of both mosques, you will notice that as the sun sets behind the only minaret of the mosque in Edirnekapı, the moon rises between the two minarets of the mosque in Üsküdar.

She died in Constantinople on 25 January 1588. Her elder brother, Mehmed, died in 1543. She also had four younger brothers: Abdullah (died in 1526), Selim (died in 1574), Bayezid (died in 1561), and Cihangir (died in 1553).

Notes

  1. Leslie P. Peirce, The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire, (Oxford University Press, 1993), 18, 201.

References

MIHRIMAH (Sunčev mjesec), RUSTEM PAŠA i SOLIN

Rustem-paša Hrvat (1505. – 1561.) je najvjerojatnije rođen u Skradinu. Već u djetinjstvu je prešao na islam i odgojen je na carskom dvoru, gdje je stekao naslov ričab-age, tj. dostojanstvenika koji je sultanu držao uzenđiju (stremen), kad je uzjahivao na konja. Poslije je postao vezir i sultan Sulejman I. mu je dao svoju kćer jedinicu Mihri Mah (Mihrimah = sunčev mjesec, 1522. – 1578.) za ženu i imenovao ga velikim vezirom. U toj časti održao se sve do smrti. U Solinu je posjedovao mlinicu zvanu „Velika mlinica“ ili „Velika galija“ Njegova žena Mihrimah je iza sebe ostavila mnogo zadužbina. Jedna od njenih zadužbina jest i spomenuta „Velika mlinica“, koju je baštinila od muža.

(Izvor: Prošlost i spomenici Solina / Željko Rapanić ; Lovre Katić. – Solin: Tugomir Jovanović, 1971.)

http://www.knjiznicasolin.hr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=272&catid=36&Itemid=60

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Mihrimah Sultan's Timeline

1522
March 21, 1522
Istanbul, Turkey
1541
1541
Age 18
Istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
1546
1546
Age 23
Istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
1578
January 25, 1578
Age 55
Istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey
????
Istanbul, Turkey