Şehzade Yusuf Izzeddin

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Şehzade Yusuf Izzeddin
شہزادہ یوسف عزالدین
Field Marshal of the Inf. Ottoman Army
Cdt of the Imperial Guard Ottoman Army
Z.K.H. Prins Yusuf Izzedidin van Turkije 1857-1916.jpg
Portrait of Crown Prince Yusuf İzzettin Efendi, Windsor, 1911
Born 29 September 1857
Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Died 1 February 1916(1916-02-01) (aged 60)
Zincirlikuyu Palace, Zincirlikuyu, Şişli, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Burial Tomb of Mahmud II, Çemberlitaş, Fatih, Istanbul
Spouse Ceşmiahu Hanım
Cavidan Hanım
Nazikeda Hanım
Tazende Hanım
Ebruniyaz Hanım
Leman Hanım
Issue Șehzade Mehmed Bahaeddin
Hatice Şükriye Sultan
Șehzade Mehmed Nizameddin
Mihriban Mihrişah Sultan
House Imperial House of Osman
Father Sultan Abdülaziz
Mother Dürrünev Kadın
Religion Sunni Islam

Şehzade Yusuf Izzeddin (Ottoman Turkish: شہزادہ یوسف عزالدین‎; 29 September 1857 – 1 February 1916) was an Ottoman prince, the son of Sultan Abdülaziz and his wife Dürrünev Kadın.


Prince Yusuf lived in obscurity from the time of his father's death in 1876 until the dethronement of his cousin, Sultan Abdul Hamid II in 1909. Under the Turkish constitution, Yusuf, the oldest Ottoman prince, became heir to his cousin, Mehmed V. Considered a modernizer and reformer, he apparently committed suicide on 1 February 1916. It was suspected at the time that he might have been murdered at the connivance of the powerful minister of war, Enver Pasha, with whom he had clashed.


He married six times:

  • Çeşmiahu Hanım (buried in Istanbul, Askaray, Pertevniyal Sultan Mausoleum), married at Beşiktaş Palace, Istanbul, and had:
    • Șehzade Mehmed Bahaeddin (February 1883 – 8 November 1883, buried in Istanbul, Askaray, Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Türbesi).
  • Cavidan Hanım alias Züleyha (née Esma Achba, Kars, Caucasus, 12 January 1870 – Goztepe, Istanbul, c. 1935), married at Istanbul, Beşiktaş Palace, 20 May 1885, daughter of Ömer Pasha Achba by his wife Ayşe Kemalifer Hanım Dziapş-lpa, daughter of Mahmud Bey Dziapş-lpa by his wife Halime Hanım Çikotua, without issue.
  • Nazikeda Hanım (née Amine Aredba, Sohum, 30 May 1872 – Erenkoy, Asia Minor, c. 1946), married at Istanbul, Beşiktaş Palace on 6 July 1886, daughter of Halil Bey Aredba, without issue.
  • Tazende Hanım (née Faika, Poti, 10 October 1875 – Ortakoy, c. 1950), married at Istanbul, Beşiktaş Palace on 15 October 1892, without issue.
  • Ebruniyaz Hanım, married at Istanbul, Çamılça Palace, without issue.
  • Leman Hanım Ünlüsoy (Batum, 6 June 1888 – Çamılça Palace, Istanbul, 3 August 1953), married at Istanbul, Çamılça Palace on 4 February 1904, daughter of Ahmed Bey by his wife Şükriye Hanım, and had:
    • Șehzade Mehmed Nizameddin (Beşiktaş Palace, Istanbul, 18 December 1908 – Locarno, Italy, 19 March 1933, buried in Sultan Mahmud II Mausoleum, Istanbul), Lieut. Ottoman Army.
    • Hatice Şükriye Sultan (Çamılça Palace, Scutari, 24 February 1906 – Cairo, Egypt, 1 April 1972, buried in Sultan Mahmud Mausoleum, Istanbul), received the Şefkat Nişanı 1st class, married firstly at Istanbul, Nişantaşi Palace on 14 November 1923 and divorced at Cairo, 15 June 1927, to Șehzade Damat Mehmed Şerifeddin (Ortakoy Palace, Istanbul, 19 May 1904 – 1966), second son of Șehzade Suleiman, by his third wife, Tarziter Hanım, married secondly at Cairo, Egypt, on 4 September 1935 and divorced, to Shaikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Ruler of Kuwait (c. 1885 – Dasman Palace, Kuwait City, 29 January 1950), eldest son of Shaikh Jaber II Al-Sabah, Ruler of Kuwait, she married at Cairo, April 1949, to Damat Mehmed Şefik Zia Bey Efendi (Cyprus, c. 1894 – 197?), son of Hasan Bahcat.
    • Mihriban Mihrişah Sultan (Beşiktaş Palace, Istanbul, 30 August 1916 – Istanbul, 25 January 1987, buried in Sultan Mahmud II Mausoleum), married at Alexandria, 31 July 1948, as his second wife, Captain Șehzade Ömer Faruk (Ortakoy Palace, Istanbul, 29 February 1898 – 28 March 1969), only son of Caliph Abdülmecid II, by his first wife Şehsuvar Kadın.


Ottoman orders and decorations:

Foreign orders and decorations:


  • New York Times, 4 February 1916


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