|Born||English: Mary, Turkish: Mari
|Died||April 16, April 27, 1756
|Nuruosmaniye Mosque, Istanbul|
|Other names||Şehsuvar Valide Sultan, Şehsuvar Kadın, Valide Sultan Mari|
|Known for||Valide Sultan|
|Religion||Eastern Orthodox Christian , converted later to Islam|
Şehsuvar Sultan (1682 – April 1756) was a Serbian noblewoman who was the consort to the Ottoman Sultan Mustafa II (r. 1695–1703) and Valide Sultan ("Mother Sultan") to their son Osman III (r. 1754–1757). Her resting place is located inside the Nuruosmaniye Mosque in Istanbul.
A Serbian noblewoman, her given name was Mary (Turkish: Mari or Marya), and she was born in 1682. She became the second concubine of Sultan Mustafa II (r. 1695–1703), after first concubine Saliha Sultan (born Elisaveta, a Greek), who was the mother of Mahmud I (r. 1730-1754). The women of the Ottoman sultan lived in the Imperial Harem, one of the most important elements of the Ottoman court. The Haseki sultan ("Mother of a Prince") was the second most powerful woman of the harem after the Valide Sultan. According to Ottoman tradition, she was given an Arabic name. Şehsuvar and Mustafa II had one son, Osman III, born on January 2, 1699.
The Edirne event saw Mustafa II dethroned, with his brother Ahmed III succeeding as the new Sultan (r. 1703–1730). Mahmud I, Mustafa II's first son and the older half-brother of Osman III, succeeded as Sultan following Patrona Halil's orchestrated riot. Mahmud I was then succeeded by his half-brother Osman III, thus Şehsuvar became the new Valide sultan.
She was buried in the Nuruosmaniye Mosque, located in the Çemberlitaş neighbourhood of Fatih district in Istanbul, on 27 April 1756. The mosque had been finished during the rule of Osman III, who buried his mother (Şehsuvar) in a separate türbe (tomb).
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- Osman Gazi'den Sultan Vahidüddin Han'a Osmanlı tarihi, Volume 4. Çamlıca Basım Yayın. "ŞEHSUVAR VALİDE SULTAN (1682-27 Receb 1169/27 Nisan 1756)"
- Dünden bugüne İstanbul ansiklopedisi. 1994. p. 156. "16 Nisan 1756'da Şehsuvar Valide Sultan öldü."
- Ali Kemal Meram (1977). Padişah anaları: resimli belgesel tarih romanı. p. 355. "İkinci Mustafa'nın (Şehsuvar Sultan) takma adlı câriyesi Sırp kızı Mari'den doğan oğlu Üçüncü Osman ve yeni Pâdişâh anaları (1754-1757)"
- Günseli İnal, Semiramis Arşivi (2005). Semiramis: Sultan'ın gözünden şenlik. p. 27. "Osman'in annesi Sirp Mari yani §ehsiivar Sultan"
- İkinci Mustafa'nın (Saliha Sultan) takma adlı cariyesi Rum kızı Aleksandra'dan doğan oğlu Birinci Mâhmut (Ali Kemal Meram, Padisah Anaları, Öz Yayınları, 1977, p. 347.)
- Meram 1977, p. 361:
Pâdişah anası Vâlide Şehsuvar Sultan (Mari), her iki gelinine, Osmanlı geleneğince birer Arapça ad koydu.
- Osmanlı padişahları ve Musevi tebalarına ilişkin kısa tarihçe. 1999. p. 136. "Anası (Mother): Şehsuvar Valide Sultan Doğum Tarihi : 2 Ocak 1699 Ölüm Tarihi : 30 Ekim 1757 Bom : January 2nd 1 699 Deceased : October 30th ..."
- Shaw, Stanford J. and Shaw, Ezel Kural (1976). History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey, volume 1: Empire of the Gazis: the rise and decline of the Ottoman Empire, 1280-1808. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. p. 240. ISBN 0-521-21280-4.
- John Freely (1996). Istanbul: the imperial city. p. 255.
- http://books.google.com/books?id=hVppAAAAMAAJ&q=Şehsuvar+Sultan. Missing or empty
13 December 1754 – April 1756