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Atmeydanı Incident

Atmeydanı incident was a rebellion in the Ottoman Empire during the stagnation period. The name Atmeydanı refers to modern Sultan Ahmet Square in İstanbul ( Byzantine Hippodrome of Constantinople). Indeed Atmeydani means Hippodrome in Turkish.


  • Background 1
  • The incident 2
  • Aftermath 3
  • References 4


Sultan İbrahim of the Ottoman Empire was dethroned (12 August 1648) and then killed by the revolters. The new sultan was his 6-year-old son Mehmet IV. In the Ottoman Empire it was a custom of the new sultans to tip the soldiers when they ascend the throne. (Turkish: Culus bahşişi) But because of the costly war in Crete, (Cretan War (1645-1669)) the regents of the sultan were unable to pay the tip. The sipahi corps, the main cavalry units of the Ottoman army were especially complainant, for they were not salaried soldiers.

The incident

Two months later, the

  1. ^ Niclolae Jorga: Geschiste des Osmanichen, ( trans. Nilüfer Epçeli) Vol 3,Yeditepe yayınları İstanbul, 2009, ISBN 975-6480-21-1 p 63
  2. ^ Halil İbrahim İnal: Osmanlı Padişahları,Nokta Kitap, İstanbul, 2007, ISBN 978-9944-1-7437-4 p 322


Sipahis were subdued. But janissaries gained too much power and soon they began the cause of unrest in İstanbul. The troubled years of the empire continued till the beginning of Köprülü era in 1656.



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