Turki I bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
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Spouse Nuwair bint Obaid Al Rasheed
Full name
Turki bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father King Abdulaziz
Mother Wadhah bint Muhammad bin 'Aqab
Born 1900
Iraq
Died 1919 (aged 18–19)
Riyadh
Religion Islam

Turki I bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: تركي الأول بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎, Turkī l-ʾAwwal bin ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Āl Saʿūd) (1900–1919) was the eldest son of King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia. He accompanied his father during the conquest of the Arabian Peninsula at a young age, and witnessed battles in Kuwait and Al-Hasa.

Early life[edit]

Turki al Awwal was the eldest son of King Abdulaziz.[1] Turki's birthplace is Iraq. He was born in 1900 when his family was in exile there.[2] He was full-brother of King Saud.[3][4] Their mother was Wadhah bint Muhammad bin 'Aqab, who belonged to the Bani Khalid tribe.[5] She was King Abdulaziz's second wife.[3]

Activities and succession[edit]

Prince Turki was the deputy of his father as commander-in-chief of the army.[6] During his lifetime, Turki al Awwal was the Crown Prince of Najd, his father's domain until then. He was Crown Prince beginning by his father's conquest of Riyadh on 15 January 1902 up to his own early death in 1919. The Saudi custom of succession stipulates that kings be succeeded by their younger brothers, in seniority of age, rather than by their sons. Therefore, at Turki's death, his next brother Saud became crown prince, rather than his posthumous son, Faisal. Saud later became king and was succeeded by another of his brothers (and not by one of his sons).

Personal life[edit]

Turki al Awwal's wife was pregnant at the time of his death and she gave birth to his child, Faisal bin Turki, who years later was minister of interior in the government of King Saud from 1961 to 1962.[7] Faisal bin Turki died in 1968 in Riyadh, and had a daughter named Sara who married former governor of Najran province, Prince Mishaal bin Saud. Turki al Awwal also had a daughter, Hes'sa bint Turki, who was the wife of Prince Abdulaziz bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz, and together they had Faisal and Turki[8] Princess Hes'sa died in Riyadh at the age of 91 on 19 August 2007 and was buried in Al Oud cemetery.[9]

Turki al Awwal had two grandsons, the children of Faisal. The elder grandson, Turki bin Faisal, was a member of the Allegiance Council[10] until his death on 28 February 2009.[11] The younger grandson, Abdullah bin Faisal, was appointed to the Allegiance Council at that time.[12]

Death[edit]

Turki al Awwal died in Riyadh during the flu pandemic that killed his mother and many others in the region in 1919.[13][14][15] His father was said to be deeply saddened by his death.[16]

After the death of Turki, his wife, Muneera bint Obaid Al Rasheed, married his younger brother Saud, and they had a daughter, named Al Anoud bint Saud.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ James Wynbrandt (2010). "A" Brief History of Saudi Arabia. Infobase Publishing. p. 184. ISBN 978-0-8160-7876-9. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Bernard Reich (1990). Political leaders of the contemporary Middle East and North Africa: a biographical dictionary. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-313-26213-5. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Ibn Saud marries for a second time". Information Source. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Yamani, Mai (January–March 2009). "From fragility to stability: a survival strategy for the Saudi monarchy". Contemporary Arab Affairs, 2 (1): 90–105. doi:10.1080/17550910802576114. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  5. ^ تحقيق سلسة نسب والدة الملك سعود بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود. October–March 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ibn Saud's eldest son, Prince Turki, dies in influenza epidemic". Information Source. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Yitzhak Oron, Ed. Middle East Record Volume 2, 1961. The Moshe Dayan Center. p. 419. GGKEY:4Q1FXYK79X8. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "تركي بن عبدالعزيز ( 1318-1337 هـ )- ( 1900-1919 م )". King Saud Official website. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Princess Hissah bint Turki dies". Sauress. 19 August 2007. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "King Abdullah names members of the Allegiance Commission". Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia Washington D.C. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Political reforms and the succession dilemma in Saudi Arabia". Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Saudi succession developments". Foreign Reports Inc. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  13. ^ Henderson, Simon (1994). "After King Fahd" (Policy Paper). Washington Institute. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Mark Weston (28 July 2008). Prophets and Princes: Saudi Arabia from Muhammad to the Present. John Wiley & Sons. p. 129. ISBN 978-0-470-18257-4. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  15. ^ Jennifer Reed (1 January 2009). The Saudi Royal Family. Infobase Publishing. p. 30. ISBN 978-1-4381-0476-8. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "الملك سعود بن عبد العزيز". King Saud website. Retrieved 27 April 2013.