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Saliha Sultan

Saliha Sultan
Born Aleksandra[1]
Constantinople (Istanbul)
Died 1739
Constantinople (Istanbul)
Resting place Inside the tomb of Turhan Hatice, in Yeni Mosque, Eminönü
Ethnicity Greek[2]
Known for Valide Sultan
Spouse(s) Mustafa II
Children Mahmud I

Saliha Sultan (ca. 1680–1739) was a concubine of Ottoman sultan Mustafa II. She was the mother of ottoman sultan Mahmud I. She held the title and position of Valide Sultan during her son's reign.


On 28 September 1730, Patrona Halil with a small group of fellow Janissaries aroused some of the citizens of Constantinople, who opposed the reforms of Ahmed III. Sweeping up more soldiers, the chief rebel Patrona Halil led the riot to the Topkapı Palace, demanded the death of the grand vizier Nevşehirli Damad Ibrahim Pasha, and the abdication of Ahmed III. The sultan acceded to the demands, had Nevşehirli Damat İbrahim Pasha executed, and agreed to the sultanate of his nephew, Mahmud I (1730 – 1754), who replaced him in the throne. As a result of this incident, Mahmud I's mother Saliha became the new Valide Sultan and held the position until her death.

She was Greek descent.Her original name was Elisaveta.

Burial place

Her burial place is located inside the tomb of Turhan Hatice, the mother of Sultan Mehmed IV, in Yeni Mosque, Eminönü, Istanbul.

Further reading

1) Peirce, Leslie P., The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire, Oxford University Press, 1993, ISBN 0-19-508677-5 (paperback).

2) Yavuz Bahadıroğlu, Resimli Osmanlı Tarihi, Nesil Yayınları (Ottoman History with Illustrations, Nesil Publications), 15th Ed., 2009, ISBN 978-975-269-299-2 (Hardcover).




Preceded by
Emetullah Rabia Gülnûş Sultan
Valide Sultan
Succeeded by
Şehsuvar Sultan

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