Ahmed III (Ottoman Turkish: احمد ثالث, Aḥmed-i sālis) (30 December 1673 – 1 July 1736) was Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and a son of Sultan Mehmed IV (r. 1648–87). His mother was Gülnuş Sultan, originally named Evmania Voria, who was an ethnic Greek. He was born at Hacıoğlu Pazarcık, in Dobruja. He succeeded to the throne in 1703 on the abdication of his brother Mustafa II (1695–1703). Nevşehirli Damat İbrahim Pasha and the Sultan's daughter, Fatma Sultan (wife of the former) directed the government from 1718 to 1730, a period referred to as the Tulip Era.
|Sultan of the Ottoman Empire|
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
|23rd Ottoman Sultan (Emperor)|
|Reign||22 August 1703 – 1 October 1730|
|Born||30 December 1673|
Dobrich, Ottoman Empire
|Died||1 July 1736 (aged 62)|
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Ahmed III cultivated good relations with France, doubtless in view of Russia's menacing attitude. He afforded refuge in Ottoman territory to Charles XII of Sweden (1682–1718) after the Swedish defeat at the hands of Peter I of Russia (1672–1725) in the Battle of Poltava of 1709. In 1710 Charles XII convinced Sultan Ahmed III to declare war against Russia, and the Ottoman forces under Baltacı Mehmet Pasha won a major victory at the Battle of Prut. In the aftermath, Russia returned Azov back to the Ottomans, agreed to demolish the fortress of Taganrog and others in the area, and to stop interfering in the affairs of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Forced against his will into war with Russia, Ahmed III came nearer than any Ottoman sovereign before or since to breaking the power of his northern rival, whose armies his grand vizier Nevşehirli Damat İbrahim Pasha succeeded in completely surrounding at the Pruth River Campaign in 1711. The subsequent Ottoman victories against Russia enabled the Ottoman Empire to advance to Moscow, had the Sultan wished. However, this was halted as a report reached Istanbul that the Safavids were invading the Ottoman Empire, causing a period of panic, turning the Sultan's attention away from Russia.
Sultan Ahmed III had become unpopular by reason of the excessive pomp and costly luxury in which he and his principal officers indulged; on September 20, 1730, a mutinous riot of seventeen Janissaries, led by the Albanian Patrona Halil, was aided by the citizens as well as the military until it swelled into an insurrection in front of which the Sultan was forced to give up the throne.
Ahmed voluntarily led his nephew Mahmud I (1730–54) to the seat of sovereignty and paid allegiance to him as Sultan of the Empire. He then retired to the Kafes previously occupied by Mahmud and died at Topkapı Palace after six years of confinement.
Ahmed III's ruleEdit
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Ahmed III's twenty-seven year reign was successful. The recovery of Azov and the Morea, and the conquest of part of Persia, managed to counterbalance the Balkan territory ceded to the Habsburg Monarchy through the Treaty of Passarowitz, after the Ottoman Empire was defeated in Austro-Turkish War of 1716–18. In 1716, he sent an army of 33,000 men to capture Corfu from the Republic of Venice but that expedition eventually failed,
Ahmed III left the finances of the Ottoman Empire in a flourishing condition, which had remarkably been obtained without excessive taxation or extortion procedures. He was a cultivated patron of literature and art, and it was in his time that the first printing press authorized to use the Arabic or Turkish languages was set up in Istanbul, operated by Ibrahim Muteferrika (while the printing press had been introduced to Constantinople in 1480, all works published before 1729 were in Greek, Armenian, or Hebrew).
It was in this reign that an important change in the government of the Danubian Principalities was introduced: previously, the Porte had appointed Hospodars, usually native Moldavian and Wallachian boyars, to administer those provinces; after the Russian campaign of 1711, during which Peter the Great found an ally in Moldavia Prince Dimitrie Cantemir, the Porte began overtly deputizing Phanariote Greeks in that region, and extended the system to Wallachia after Prince Stefan Cantacuzino established links with Eugene of Savoy. The Phanariotes constituted a kind of Dhimmi nobility, which supplied the Porte with functionaries in many important departments of the state.
Relations with the Mughal EmpireEdit
The Mughal Emperor Farrukhsiyar a grandson of Aurangzeb, is also known to have sent a letter to the Ottomans but this time it was received by the Grand Vizier Nevşehirli Damad Ibrahim Pasha providing a graphic description of the efforts of the Mughal commander Syed Hassan Ali Khan Barha against the Rajput and Maratha rebellion.
- Emetullah Kadın (died 1739, buried in Eyüp Sultan Mosque);
- Rukiye Kadın;
- Emine Mihrişah Kadın (died 1732, buried in New Mosque, Istanbul);
- Rabia Şermi Kadın (died 1732, buried in New Mosque, Istanbul);
- Ümmügülsüm Kadın (died 1768, buried in New Mosque, Istanbul);
- Hatice Kadın (died 1721-22, buried in New Mosque, Istanbul);
- Fatma Kadın (died 1732, buried in New Mosque, Istanbul);
- Emine Muslıhe Kadın (died 1749-50, buried in New Mosque, Istanbul);
- Hanife Kadın (died 1750, buried in New Mosque, Istanbul);
- Zeynep Kadın (died 1757, buried in New Mosque, Istanbul);
- Şahin Kadın (died 1732, buried in New Mosque, Istanbul);
- Hace Hanım Kadın;
- Şehzade Mehmed (25 November 1705 - died young);
- Şehzade Isa (23 February 1706 - 25 May 1706);
- Şehzade Ali (18 June 1706 - 12 September 1706);
- Şehzade Selim (6 September 1707 - 4 May 1708);
- Şehzade Murad (4 February 1708 - 1 April 1708);
- Şehzade Abdülmelik (12 December 1709 - 23 March 1711);
- Şehzade Süleyman (25 August 1710 - 11 December 1732), son of Mihrişah Kadın;
- Şehzade Mehmed (17 October 1712 – 15 July 1713),
- Şehzade Mehmed (1 January 1717 - murdered 22 December 1756);
- Mustafa III (28 January 1717 - 21 January 1774), son of Mihrişah Kadın;
- Şehzade Bayezid (4 October 1718 - 25 January 1771);
- Şehzade Abdullah (18 December 1719 - 19 December 1719);
- Şehzade Ibrahim (8 January 1721 - 4 April 1721, buried in New Mosque, Istanbul);
- Şehzade Numan (22 February 1723 - 29 December 1764);
- Abdul Hamid I (20 March 1727 - 23 April 1789), son of Şermi Kadın;
- Şehzade Seyfeddin (3 February 1728 – 1732);
- Fatma Sultan (22 October 1704 – 3 January 1733), daughter of Emetullah Kadın.
- Hatice Sultan (21 January 1707 – 1708);
- Rukiye Sultan (3 May 1707 – 29 August 1707);
- Zeynep Sultan (8 February 1708 – 5 October 1708);
- Ümmügülsüm Sultan (8 February 1708 – November 1732);
- Zeyneb Sultan (5 January 1710 – 1 August 1710);
- Hatice Sultan (27 September 1710 – 1738), daughter of Rukiye Kadın;
- Atike Sultan (27 February 1712 – 2 April 1738);
- Rukiye Sultan (6 March 1712 – 26 November 1714);
- Zeynep Sultan (8 April 1714 – 25 March 1774);
- Saliha Sultan (20 April 1715 – 11 October 1778), daughter of Hace Hanım Kadın;
- Ayşe Sultan (24 November 1718 – 3 October 1776), daughter of Emine Muslıhe Kadın;
- Rabia Sultan (19 November 1719 – died in infancy)
- Emetullah Sultan (23 December 1719 – 5 February 1720);
- Emetullah Sultan (16 September 1723 – 28 July 1724);
- Naile Sultan (15 February 1725 – 10 December 1726);
- Nazife Sultan (May 1725 – died in infancy);
- Esma Sultan (14 March 1726 – 13 August 1788), daughter of Hanife Kadın;
- Sabiha Sultan (26 November 1726 – 3 December 1726);
- Rebia Sultan (4 August 1727 – 4 April 1728);
- Zübeyde Sultan (29 March 1728 - 4 June 1756), daughter of Emine Muslıhe Kadın;
- Ümmüseleme Sultan (died 1732);
- Emine Sultan (died 1732);
In Voltaire's Candide, the eponymous main character meets the deposed Ahmed III on a ship from Venice to Constantinople. The Sultan is in the company of five other deposed European monarchs, and he tells Candide, who initially doubts his credentials:
I am not jesting, my name is Achmet III. For several years I was Sultan; I dethroned my brother; my nephew dethroned me; they cut off the heads of my viziers; I am ending my days in the old seraglio; my nephew, Sultan Mahmoud, sometimes allows me to travel for my health, and I have come to spend the Carnival at Venice." 
This episode was taken up by the modern Turkish writer Nedim Gürsel as the setting of his 2001 novel Le voyage de Candide à Istanbul.
In fact, there is no evidence of the deposed Sultan being allowed to make such foreign travels, nor did Voltaire (or Gürsel) assert that it had any actual historical foundation.
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He set up his harem there, his favourite being Rabia Giilniis Ummetiillah, a Greek girl from Rethymnon on Crete
- Bromley, J. S. (1957). The New Cambridge Modern History. University of California: University Press. p. 554. ISBN 0-521-22128-5.
the mother of Mustafa II and Ahmed III was a Greek
- Sardo, Eugenio Lo (1999). Tra greci e turchi: fonti diplomatiche italiane sul Settecento ottomano. Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche. p. 82. ISBN 88-8080-014-0.
Their mother, a Greek, lady named Rabia Gülnûş, continued to wield influence as the Valide Sultan - mother of the reigning sultan
- Library Information and Research Service (2005). The Middle East. Library Information and Research Service. p. 91.
She was the daughter of a Greek family and she was the mother of Mustafa II (1664–1703), and Ahmed III (1673–1736).CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
- Baker, Anthony E - Freely, John (1993). The Bosphorus. Redhouse Press. p. 146. ISBN 975-413-062-0.
The Valide Sultan was born Evmania Voria, daughter of a Greek priest in a village near Rethymnon on Crete. She was captured by the Turks when they took Rethymnon in 1645.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Ahmed III.". Encyclopædia Britannica. 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 431.
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Ahmed IIIBorn: 30 December 1673 Died: 1 July 1736[aged 62]
| Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
22 August 1703 – 1/2 October 1730
|Sunni Islam titles|
| Caliph of the Ottoman Caliphate
22 August 1703 – 1/2 October 1730