Şah Sultan (daughter of Selim I)

Şah Sultan
Born Şahihuban
Manisa, Ottoman Empire
Died 1572 (aged 62–63)
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Burial Yavuz Selim Mosque, Istanbul
Spouse Lütfi Pasha (m. 1523; div. 1541)
Issue Esmehan Baharnaz Sultan
Neslihan Sultan
House House of Osman
Father Selim I
Mother Ayşe Hatun
Religion Islam

Şah Sultan (1509–1572) (Ottoman Turkish: شاه سلطان) was an Ottoman princess, daughter of Sultan Selim I from his Ayşe Hatun, and sister of Suleiman the Magnificent.

The father of "Şah Sultan", Ottoman Sultan Selim I.


She was raised in Manisa and married in 1523 to the future Grand Vizier and sufic Lütfi Pasha.

Her spouse became Grand Vizier in 1539, she wielded a great power in Istanbul. The couple had two daughters named Esmehan Baharnaz Sultan and Neslihan Sultan and three sons.

In 1541, she divorced her spouse, who was also deposed from his position. The divorce took place on her initiative, allegedly because of her husband's punishment of a woman for adultery. Lütfi Pasha ordered the cutting of an extremity of an adultress and this led to a dispute between the Pasha and Şah Sultan. As the argument got heated, Lütfi Pasha gave Şah Sultan a beating. Following the incident, Şah Sultan got the Pasha beaten by her servants and complained to her brother, Sultan Suleiman, and requested a divorce. This led to the deposition of Lütfi Pasha from his position as the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire.

She had the Şah Sultan Mosque built in 1556.

Depictions in literature and popular culture

In the TV series Muhteşem Yüzyıl, Şah Sultan is played by Turkish actress Deniz Çakır.

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