Şah Sultan (daughter of Selim II)

Şah Sultan
Born 1544
Manisa, Ottoman Empire
Died September 1580 (aged 35–36)
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Spouse Çakırcıbaşı Hasan Efendi
Zal Mahmud Pasha
Full name
Şah Sultan
House House of Osman
Father Selim II
Mother Nurbanu Sultan
Religion Islam

Şah Sultan (c. 1544 - September 1580) was an Ottoman princess, the daughter of Selim II (reign 1566-74) and Nurbanu Sultan. She was the granddaughter of Suleiman the Magnificent (reign 1520-66) and his favourite consort and legal wife Hürrem Sultan, sister of Sultan Murad III (reign 1574-95) and aunt of Sultan Mehmed III (reign 1595-1603).


Strong alliances were made for the daughters of Selim II, the prince who would succeed Suleiman: Ismihan Sultan married Sokollu Mehmed Pasha, Gevherhan Sultan married admiral Piyale Pasha, while Şah married the chief falconer Hasan Agha.

On 1 August 1562 Suleiman celebrated the triple wedding of his heir Selim's daughters Esmahan, Gevherhan and Şah to Sokollu Mehmed Pasha, Piyale Pasha and Hasan Agha respectively and the same day, his executed son Şehzade Mustafa's daughter Mihrişah Sultan was married to Damat Abdülkerim Pasha.

In September 1566, upon the death of his grandfather Suleiman the Magnificent, she came to Istanbul with his mother Nurbanu Sultan and sisters, and enjoyed great power in Topkapı Palace.

After the death of Hasan Agha in 1574, Şah Sultan married Damat Zal Mahmud Pasha, who might have been Şehzade Mustafa's executioner, altrough this is uncertain.

The union of Şah Sultan to Zal Mahmud is said to be a very happy one. They were suited to each another. It was said that, that they fell ill at the same time, lay in their deathbeds together, and expired at the same very moment. She died in September 1580, having had issue, one son and one daughter.


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