Hümaşah Sultan (wife of Ibrahim)

Hümaşah Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: ھما شاہ سلطان; fl. 1647 – fl. 1672) was the wife of Sultan Ibrahim of the Ottoman Empire.

Hümaşah Sultan
Haseki Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
(Imperial Consort)
Tenureuntil 12 August 1648
Diedc.1672 (aged 37-38)
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (present day Istanbul, Turkey)
(m. 1647⁠–⁠1648)
IssueŞehzade Orhan
Turkish: Hümaşah Sultan
Ottoman Turkish: ھما شاہ سلطان
HouseOttoman (by marriage)
ReligionSunni Islam , previously Georgian Orthodoxy


Hümaşah married Ibrahim in 1647,[1][2] and was given the title of "Eighth Haseki".[3] After her marriage she became known as "Telli Haseki"[4] because of the silver and gold threads (tels) that are traditionally used to adorn a bride's hair.[5] Her marriage was described by the historian Mustafa Naima:

In accordance with imperial command, the viziers of the imperial council each gave the gift of moon faced slave girl bedecked with jewels. Then they escorted (the bride) in a well ordered procession from the gardens of Davud pasha to the imperial palace. The ceremony was performed by the chief black eunuch acting as proxy for the bride and the grand vizier for the sultan. Robes of honour were bestowed on the viziers and the ulema and others received honours according to custom.[5][1][6]

After marrying her, Ibrahim gave her the treasury of Egypt as dowry and ordered the palace of Ibrahim Pasha to be carpeted in sable furs and given to her.[7]

Ibrahim subjected his sisters, Kösem's daughters Ayşe, Fatma and Hanzade, and his niece Kaya to the indignity of subordination of his concubines. He took away their lands and jewels, and made them serve Hümaşah, by standing at attention like servants while she ate and by fetching and holding the soap, basin and the pitcher of water with which she washed her hands.[8] Because of what he believed was failure to serve her properly, the Sultan then banished them to Edirne Palace.[9]

Hümaşah while pregnant, settled in the Old Palace, after Ibrahim's deposition and death in August 1648.[10][11] Two months later, in October 1648, she gave birth to a son named Şehzade Orhan,[12][3] who died at the age of one in January 1650.[13]

In popular cultureEdit

In the Turkish series, Muhteşem Yüzyıl: Kösem, Hümaşah is portrayed by actress Müge Boz.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Uluçay 2011, p. 99.
  2. ^ A ́goston, Ga ́bor; Masters, Bruce Alan (21 May 2010). Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire. Infobase Publishing. p. 263. ISBN 978-1-438-11025-7.
  3. ^ a b İskit, Server Rifat (1960). Resemli-haritalı mufassal Osmanlı tarihi, Volume 4. p. 1989.
  4. ^ Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 351.
  5. ^ a b Peirce 1993, p. 108.
  6. ^ Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 352.
  7. ^ "İBRÂHİM, إبراهيم (ö. 1058/1648), Osmanlı padişahı (1640-1648)". İslam Ansiklopedisi. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  8. ^ Peirce 1993, p. 246.
  9. ^ Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 235, 352-353.
  10. ^ Uluçay 2011, p. 100.
  11. ^ Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 353.
  12. ^ Kaya 1990, p. 21.
  13. ^ Kaya 1990, p. 59.


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Ottoman royalty
Preceded by Haseki Sultan
until 12 August 1648
concurrently with Turhan, Aşub, Muazzez, Ayşe, Mahenver, Șivekar, and Saçbağlı
Succeeded by