Hümaşah Sultan

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Hümaşah Sultan
ھما شاہ سلطان
Haseki Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
(Imperial Consort)
Tenure until 12 August 1648
Predecessor Ayşe Sultan
Successor Rabia Gülnuş Sultan
Co-Haseki Turhan
Died 1672
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire[citation needed]
Ibrahim (m. 1647–1648)
Issue Şehzade Orhan
Religion Sunni Islam

Hümaşah Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: ھما شاہ سلطان‎, died c. 1672) was the legal wife of Sultan Ibrahim.


In 1647, Ibrahim married her in a magnificent ceremony. After her marriage to Ibrahim she became known as Telli Hatun because of the silver and gold threads (tels) that are traditionally used to adorn a bride's hair.[1][2] Sultan Ibrahim's marriage to Hüma Şah Sultan was described by the historian Mustafa Naima:

In accordance with imperial command, the viziers of the imperial council each gave the gift of moon faced slave girl bedecked with jewels. Then they escorted (the bride) in a well ordered procession from the gardens of Davud pasha to the imperial palace. The ceremony was performed by the chief black eunuch acting as proxy for the bride and the grand vizier for the sultan. Robes of honour were bestowed on the viziers and the ulema and others received honours according to custom.[1]

After marrying her, Ibrahim gave her the treasury of Egypt as dowry and ordered the palace of Ibrahim Pasha to be carpeted in sable furs and given to her.[3][title missing][page needed] In October 1648, she gave birth a son, Şehzade Orhan, who died in January 1650 aged 14 months.[citation needed]

Ibrahim subjected his sisters, Kösem's daughters Ayşe, Fatma and Hanzade, and his niece Kaya to the indignity of subordination of his concubines. He took away their lands and jewels, and made them serve Hüma Şah, by standing at attention like servants while she ate and by fetching and holding the soap, basin and the pitcher of water with which she washed her hands.[4] She died in 1672.

In popular culture[edit]

In 2015 Turkish historical fiction TV series Muhteşem Yüzyıl: Kösem, Hümașah Sultan is portrayed by Turkish actress Müge Boz.

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b Leslie P. Peirce (1993). The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire. Oxford University Press. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-195-08677-5.
  2. ^ Börekçi, p.263.
  3. ^ "Gökbilgin, Ibrāhīm.
  4. ^ Leslie P. Peirce (1993). The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire. Oxford University Press. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-195-08677-5.
Ottoman royalty
Preceded by
Ayşe Sultan
Haseki Sultan
until 12 August 1648
concurrently with Turhan, Aşub, Muazzez, Ayşe, Mahıenver, Șivekar, and Leyla Saçbağlı
Succeeded by
Emetullah Rabia Gülnuş Sultan