Ayşe Hatun (wife of Murad IV)
|Ayşe (A’ishā) Hatun
Edirne, the Ottoman Empire
|Spouse(s)||Ottoman Ghazi Sultan Caliph of Islam Murad IV Khan|
Ayşe (A’ishā) Hatun (Ottoman Turkish: عایشه خاتون, before 1615 - after 1679) was the wife of Ottoman Sultan Murad IV (reign 1623–1640) and the mother of Şehzade Ahmed, Şehzade Süleyman, Şehzade Mehmet and Şehzade Alaadin of the Ottoman Empire.
Very little is known about Ayşe Hatun's early life and with the sultan Murad IV, principally because neither sultans left sons who survived their father's death to reach the throne, thereby bringing their mothers to public attention as Valide Sultan.
Privy Purse registers record the presence of, Ayşe as Murad's only wife, until the very end of Murad's seventeen year reign, when a second wife appears. It is possible that Ayşe was Murad's only wife until the advent of the second. If Ayşe was his only wife, it is possible that it was fear of lack of male issue that prompted the sultan to take another, for his sons from Ayşe all died in infancy.
Ayşe Hatun's stipend
In 1633 Murad raised the Ayşe's stipend to 2,000 aspers, where it remained throughout his reign. The increase was most likely linked to a general increase in stipends throughout the palace during Murad's reign, described by Koçi Bey, and was accompanied by a marked growth in the size of the harem. These changes were probably an aspect of Murad's dramatic assertion of personal control of government after nine year's of his mother's regency.
She started her career at a stipend of 2,000 aspers a day while Murad's second wife received, 2571 aspers a day. Seventh months later, however, the stipend of Murad's second wife was reduced to 2,000, the level at which both remained Until Murad's death. After Murad's death in 1648, Ayşe along with the other members of Murad's entourage were permanently exiled to the Old Palace, where she lived until her death and was receiving the retirement stipend of 2,000 aspers a day. The presence of Ayşe Sultan is lastly recorded when the receipts from the quarterly stipend payments to Ayşe Sultan in 1671 and 1678-79.
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