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Haseki Sultan

Haseki Sultan of
the Ottoman Empire
Former political post
Contemporary painting of Hürrem Sultan, a Ruthenian-born haseki sultan, and later the legal wife of Suleiman the Magnificent, 16th century. After the death of Suleiman's mother, Ayşe Hafsa, she became the most powerful woman in the palace.
First officeholder Hürrem Sultan
Last officeholder Rabia Sultan
Style Haseki Sultan Efendi
Official residence Topkapı Palace
Office began 1534
Office ended 1695
Current pretender Position abolished

Haseki sultan (Ottoman Turkish: خاصکي سلطان,[1] Turkish pronunciation: ) was the title of a consort of the Ottoman Sultan who gave birth to a şehzade (prince); thus meaning Mother of a Prince. A haseki sultan had an important place in the palace, being the second most powerful woman of the harem after the valide sultan, the mother of the sultan.

Haseki sultans usually had chambers close to the sultan's chamber. Also they were generally the mother of the heir apparent. Nonetheless, a haseki sultan was rarely a wife and didn't have a solid position in the palace. She could lose her entire estate in a day.

The title was first used in the 16th century for Hürrem Sultan, also known as Roxelana, when she was given favor by Sultan Suleiman I. She was his consort and the mother of Selim II. Hürrem Sultan was married to Sultan Suleiman, becoming both his legal wife and the most powerful woman in the Topkapı Palace. Some of them were famous during the "Sultanate of Women".

List of Haseki Sultans

Suleiman I, Selim II, Murad III, Ahmed I, Murad IV, Ibrahim and Mehmed IV's wives Hürrem Sultan, Nurbanu Sultan, Safiye Sultan, Kösem Sultan, Ayşe Sultan, Hümaşah Sultan, Gülnuş Sultan and Rabia Sultan.


  1. ^ Bianchi, Thomas Xavier (1831). Vocabulaire français-turc à l'usage des interprètes: des commerçans, des navigateurs, et autres voyageurs dans le Levant. Paris: Éverat. p. 830. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 

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