Şah Sultan (daughter of Selim II)

Şah Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: شاہ سلطان, "Sovereign"; c. 1544 – 3 November 1580) was an Ottoman princess, the daughter of Selim II (reign 1566–74) and Nurbanu Sultan. She was the granddaughter of Suleiman the Magnificent (reign 1520–66) and his consort Hurrem Sultan, sister of Sultan Murad III (reign 1574–95) and aunt of Sultan Mehmed III (reign 1595–1603).

Şah Sultan
Bornc. 1544
Manisa, Ottoman Empire
Died3 November 1580(1580-11-03) (aged 35–36)
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
(present day Istanbul, Turkey)
Çakırcıbaşı Hasan Pasha
(m. 1562; died 1574)
Zal Mahmud Pasha
(m. 1575; died 1580)
IssueSultanzade Köse Hüsrev Bey Paşah
a daughter
FatherSelim II
MotherNurbanu Sultan
ReligionSunni Islam


Şah Sultan was born in 1544 in Manisa,[1] when her father was still a prince. Her mother was Nurbanu Sultan. She was the elder children of her parents.[2][3]

In 1562, strong alliances were made for the daughters of Şehzade Selim, the prince who would succeed Suleiman as Selim II, Ismihan married Sokollu Mehmed Pasha, Gevherhan the admiral Piyale Pasha, and Şah the chief falconer Hasan Agha.[4] The State Treasury covered the expenses for the imperial wedding and granted 15,000 florins as a wedding gift to the imperial son-in-law.[5][6]

After the death of Hasan Agha in 1574, Şah Sultan married Zal Mahmud Pasha in 1575.[7] This union is said to be a very happy one. They were suited to each another.[5]


Şah had a daughter and a son from her first marriage:

  • A daughter who name is unknown and who died young.
  • Sultanzade Köse Husrev Paşa, who died in war versus the persians.


The tombs of Şah Sultan and her husband Zal Mahmud Pasha in Eyüpsultan

Şah Sultan died on 3 November 1580, and was buried in Eyüp.[1] It was said that, that Şah and her husband fell ill at the same time, lay in their deathbeds together, and expired at the same very moment.[5]


  1. ^ a b Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 275.
  2. ^ Uluçay 2011, p. 70.
  3. ^ Peirce 1993, p. 92.
  4. ^ Peirce 1993, p. 67.
  5. ^ a b c Peirce 1993, p. 68.
  6. ^ Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 274.
  7. ^ Graf, Tobias P. (23 February 2017). The Sultan's Renegades: Christian-European Converts to Islam and the Making of the Ottoman Elite, 1575-1610. Oxford University Press. p. 128. ISBN 978-0-198-79143-0.