Gevherhan Sultan (daughter of Ahmed I)

Gevherhan Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: کوھرخان سلطان‎; born c. 1605 – died after 1655) was an Ottoman princess, daughter of Sultan Ahmed I (reign 1603–17) and Kösem Sultan,[1][2] half-sister of Sultan Osman II (reign 1618–22), and sister of Sultans Murad IV (1623–40) and Ibrahim (reign 1640–48) of the Ottoman Empire.

Gevherhan Sultan
Bornc. 1605
Topkapi Palace, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
DiedConstantinople, Ottoman Empire
SpouseÖküz Mehmed Pasha
Topal Recep Pasha
IssueSafiye Sultan
FatherAhmed I
MotherKösem Sultan
ReligionSunni Islam


Named after an influential great-aunt,[3] Gevherhan Sultan was the eldest daughter of Sultan Ahmed I.

First marriageEdit

In the summer of 1612, seven year old Gevherhan was married, as arranged by Ahmed, to Öküz Kara Mehmed Pasha, who served as the governor of Egypt from 1607 to 1611, and Grand Admiral of the Ottoman fleet in 1611.[4] The wedding took place at the Old Palace, and the couple were given the Palace of Ibrahim Pasha as their residence.[5] Mehmed served as Grand Vizier from 1614 until 1616 under Ahmed, and then again for a few months in 1619 under Osman II.[6] After being dismissed from the office a second time, he died in Aleppo in around 1621.[7]

Second marriageEdit

Gevherhan, later in the reign of her brother, Osman II, married Topal Recep Pasha,[8][9] who in 1632 served as Grand Vizier under her brother Murad IV. With Recep Pasha, she had a daughter named Safiye Sultan,[10] who in turn married the future Grand Vizier Abaza Siyavuş Pasha.[11] She was strangled to death by Turhan Sultana

In popular cultureEdit

In the 2015 TV series Muhteşem Yüzyıl: Kösem, Gevherhan is portrayed by Turkish actresses Çağla Naz Kargı and Asli Tandoğan as a child and adult respectively.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Singh, Nagendra Kr (2000). International encyclopaedia of Islamic dynasties (reproduction of the article by M. Cavid Baysun "Kösem Walide or Kösem Sultan" in The Encyclopaedia of Islam vol V). Anmol Publications PVT. pp. 423–424. ISBN 81-261-0403-1. Through her beauty and intelligence, Kösem Walide was especially attractive to Ahmed I, and drew ahead of more senior wives in the palace. She bore the sultan four sons – Murad, Süleyman, Ibrahim and Kasim – and three daughters – 'Ayşe, Fatma and Djawharkhan. These daughters she subsequently used to consolidate her political influence by strategic marriages to different viziers.
  2. ^ Peirce 1993, p. 365.
  3. ^ Borekçi 2010, p. 94.
  4. ^ Tezcan 2001, p. 337 n. 81.
  5. ^ Dumas 2013, p. 552-9.
  6. ^ Watenpaugh, Heghnar Zeitlian (2004). The Image Of An Ottoman City: Imperial Architecture And Urban Experience In Aleppo In The 16th And 17th Centuries. BRILL. p. 142. ISBN 978-9-004-12454-7.
  7. ^ Ayvansaray-i, Hafiz Hueseyin (2000). The Garden of the Mosques: Hafiz Hüseyin Al-Ayvansarayî's Guide to the Muslim Monuments of Ottoman Istanbul. Brill. p. 30. ISBN 978-9-004-11242-1.
  8. ^ Tezcan 2001, p. 334 n. 58.
  9. ^ Dumas 2013, p. 564.
  10. ^ Dumas 2013, p. 462.
  11. ^ Dumas 2013, p. 570.
  12. ^ "Gevherhan Sultan - Aslı Tandoğan". Retrieved 2017-10-21.


  • Borekçi, Günhan (2010). Factions And Favorites At The Courts Of Sultan Ahmed I (r. 1603-17) And His Immediate Predecessors.
  • Dumas, Juliette (2013). Les perles de nacre du sultanat: Les princesses ottomanes (mi-XVe – mi-XVIIIe siècle).
  • Peirce, Leslie P. (1993). The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-195-08677-5.
  • Tezcan, Baki (November 2001). Searching for Osman: A reassessment of the deposition of the Ottoman Sultan Osman II (1618-1622) (PhD Thesis). Princeton University.