Şah Sultan (daughter of Selim I)
Manisa, Ottoman Empire
1572 (aged 62–63)|
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
|Burial||Yavuz Selim Mosque, Istanbul|
|Spouse||Lütfi Pasha (m. 1523; div. 1541)|
Esmehan Baharnaz Sultan|
|House||House of Osman|
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
- Peirce, Leslie P., The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire, Oxford University Press, 1993, ISBN 0-19-508677-5 (paperback).
- Yavuz Bahadıroğlu, Resimli Osmanlı Tarihi, Nesil Yayınları (Ottoman History with Illustrations, Nesil Publications), 15th Ed., 2009, ISBN 978-975-269-299-2 (Hardcover).