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Zübeyde Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: زبیدہ سلطان‎; 28/29 March 1728 – 4 June 1756) was an Ottoman princess, daughter of Sultan Ahmed III (reign 1703 – 1730) and half-sister of Sultans Mustafa III (reign 1757 – 1773) and Abdul Hamid I (reign 1773 – 1789) of the Ottoman Empire.

Zübeyde Sultan
Born28/29 March 1728
Topkapı Palace, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
(modern-day Istanbul, Turkey)
Died4 June 1756(1756-06-04) (aged 28)
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Imperial Ladies Mausoleum, Yeni Mosque, Eminönü, Istanbul
SpouseDamad Süleyman Pasha
Damad Numan Pasha
Full name
Turkish: Zübeyde Sultan binti Ahmed Han
FatherAhmed III
MotherEmine Musli Kadın
ReligionSunni Islam


Born on 28[1] or 29 March[2] 1728, Zübeyde Sultan was a daughter of Ahmed III,[3][4] and his consort Emine Musli Kadın.[5] She had a full sister named Ayşe Sultan, nine years elder than her.[6]

Her father having been dethroned in 1730, she grew up at the Eski (Old) Palace but was able to live in comfort,[1] as he had had the farmstead of Dilsiz Mehmed Ağa, situated near Edirne, and thus it's incomes, allocated to her.[3][1]

Her cousin Mahmud I had a yalı, or waterfront manse, built for her at the precincts of Eyüp[3] in around August 1747.[4]

On 6 January 1748, during Mahmud’s reign, Zübeyde was married firstly to Süleyman Pasha,[4][7] Beylerbey (governor – general) of Anatolia and Vizier, who, though, died soon after, some six months into the marriage.[8] Thus, she was married secondly, within the year, on 6 January 1749, to Numan Pasha,[4][9] kapıcılar kethüdası, or head of the Imperial Palace Guards, Sanjak-Bey (provincial governor) of Thessaloniki and Kavala, and Vizier.[3][8] Her husband would go on to serve in various other provincial posts.[8]

Turkish historian Mustafa Çağatay Uluçay describes the princess as a “philanthropist, protector of the poor, who read day and night”.[3]


Like the majority of her siblings, Zübeyde Sultan did not live long, dying of natural causes at the age of twenty-eight,[8] on 4 June[4] 1756.[10] She was entombed in the Imperial Ladies Mausoleum, located at Yeni Mosque, Istanbul.[3][4][8]


  1. ^ a b c Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 321.
  2. ^ Râşid 2013, p. 1588.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Uluçay 1985, p. 92.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Haskan 2008, p. 393.
  5. ^ Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 420.
  6. ^ Şemʼdânî-zâde Fındıklılı, Süleyman Efendi (1976). Aktepe, M.Münir (ed.). Şemʼdânî-zâde Fındıklılı Süleyman Efendi târihi Mürʼiʼt-tevârih-Volume II A. Edebiyat Fakültesi Matbaası. p. 9.
  7. ^ Şemʼdânî-zâde & Aktepe 1976, p. 139.
  8. ^ a b c d e Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 322.
  9. ^ Şemʼdânî-zâde & Aktepe 1976, p. 140.
  10. ^ Şemʼdânî-zâde & Aktepe 1976.


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