Murad Giray

Murad Giray (reigned 1678- 1683; lived 1627–1696) (Crimean Tatar: Murad Geray مراد كراى, Turkish: Murat Giray) was a khan of the Crimean khanate between the first and second reigns of his cousin Selim I Giray. His father was Mubarek, one of the many sons of Selâmet I Giray (1608-1610). Three of his uncles were khans. None of his descendants were khans. During his khanship his nureddin was the future khan Saadet III and his kalga was Tokhtamysh, a brother of future khan Safa Giray.

Murad Giray
Khan of the Tatar Crimean Khanate
PredecessorSelim I Giray
SuccessorHacı II Giray
DynastyGiray dynasty

From 1659 to 1663 he was nureddin during the second reign of Mehmed IV Giray. He then retired to Turkey. In 1678 the Turks made him khan in place of his cousin Selim I who had performed poorly at the siege of Chyhyrin. This was at the time of the Russo-Turkish War (1676–1681). After more fighting, in which Crimea was involved, the Treaty of Bakhchisarai (1681) recognized Turkish control over western Ukraine.

In 1682 the Ottoman Empire went to war with the Holy Roman Empire. This led to the disastrous Turkish defeat at the Battle of Vienna in 1683. The 40,000 Crimean troops performed poorly and Murad was removed. Murad retired to an estate near Yambol in modern Bulgaria and died in 1695. He was followed by Haji II who reigned briefly until Selim was restored.


  • Henry Hoyle Howorth, History of the Mongols, 1880, Part 2, pp. 562–563
  • Олекса Гайворонский «Созвездие Гераев». Симферополь, 2003.
Preceded by
Selim I Giray (1st reign)
Khan of Crimea
Succeeded by
Haci II Giray