Nefise Hatun

Nefise Melek Sultan Hatun[a] (Ottoman Turkish: نفیسہ خاتون) was an Ottoman princess, the daughter of Sultan Murad I of the Ottoman Empire. She was the wife of Prince Alaeddin Ali Bey of Karaman, the ruler of Karamanids, and was the mother of the next Karamanid ruler, Mehmed II of Karaman.

Nefise Hatun
Bornc. 1360
Bursa, Ottoman Empire
Diedc. 1400 (aged 39–40)
Mut, Karamanid Principality
SpouseAlaeddin Ali of Karaman
IssueMehmed II of Karaman
Alaeddin Ali Bey
Oğuz Bey
Nefise Melek Sultan Hatun
HouseOttoman (by birth)
Karamanid (by marriage)
FatherMurad I
ReligionSunni Islam


Her father served her to try to calm Alaeddin Bey, the son and successor of Halil Bey, ruler of Karamanids. He therefore married her to him in 1378. In the early days of the reign of Murad, Alaeddin, tried to increase the embarrassment that the revolt of the landowners of Galatia had raised Murad, and to encourage the insurrection by a diversion powerful, excited the Warsaks to join the rebels' Angora; but the capture of the city and wedding of Nefise Hatun, Murad with Alaeddin, restored peace for some time. From that moment, the envious Alaeddin sought every opportunity to break the treaty which united the ruler of the Ottomans.

As seen, the union did not have the desired effect. Therefore, to resume hostilities with the participation of two of the sons of Murad I, Yakub Çelebi and Bayezid, therefore, brethren Nefise. Defeated, Alaeddin took refuge in Konya. To get out of this mess, he sent Nefise to her father, to ask for forgiveness from the Sultan.

According to Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall:

...Murad besieged the city for twelve days without having dared to storm, when Alaeddin, realizing the dangers of his position, decided to send his wife in the camp of the Ottomans. Sultan yielded to the entreaties of his daughter and agreed to grant peace to Alaeddin, under the condition that he would come and kiss his hand, in sign of submission. Prince Karamanie resigned himself to this humiliation which gave him possession of Konya and all its provinces, and from that moment peace was restored between the two sovereigns...

Alphonse de Lamartine tells the scene with more details:

...Iconic, besieged for twelve days, would yield to the onslaught of the Ottomans; the door opens, a procession emerges is the daughter of Murad, the wife of Alaeddin, followed by his children, who just crave his father's forgiveness of her husband. Murad, moved by the sight and the tears of his daughter, request another repair Alaeddin than coming to kiss his hand in token of vassalage, in front of Konya...

In 1387 Nefise built the Theological College of Karaman. She at least had three sons: Mehmed II of Karaman (1379-1423), who was Alaeddinʻs successor after his death; Alaeddin Ali Bey (1381-1424) and Oğuz Bey (probably died in infancy).

Nefise died around 1400.

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  1. ^
    She is also called Nefise Sultan Hatun, Melek Sultan Hatun, Melek Hatun, Sultan Hatun.[1]


  1. ^ Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 66.


  • Uluçay, Mustafa Çağatay (2011). Padişahların kadınları ve kızları. Ankara, Ötüken.
  • Sakaoğlu, Necdet (2008). Bu mülkün kadın sultanları: Vâlide sultanlar, hâtunlar, hasekiler, kadınefendiler, sultanefendiler. Oğlak Yayıncılık. ISBN 978-9-753-29623-6.