Ayşe Sultan (wife of Murad IV)

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Ayşe Sultan
عایشه سلطان
Haseki Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
(Imperial Consort)
TenureMay 1630 – 8 February 1640
PredecessorAyşe Sultan
SuccessorTurhan Hatice Sultan
(among others)
Territory of Albania
Diedc. 1680 (aged 63-65)
Edirne Palace, Ottoman Empire
SpouseMurad IV
IssueSehzade Ahmed
Hanzade Sultan
Kaya Sultan
Full name
Turkish: Ayşe Sultan
Ottoman Turkish: عایشه سلطان
HouseHouse of Osman (by marraige) , house of Jonima (by birth)
FatherHasan bey Jonima
MotherLinda Jonima

Ayşe Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: عایشه سلطان‎; born around 1614 or 1615 , died c. 1680) was the favorite consort and chief wife of Sultan Murad IV of the Ottoman Empire as the mother of the Sultan's eldest son, Sehzade Ahmed , who died at a young age.[1]


Ayşe’s real name is unknown.However , she belongs to the noble Albanian Jonima family and her father is Hasan Bey Jonima. The Albanian noble family embraced Islam as their new religion and around the age of twelve, Ayşe was betrothed to the young Sultan Murad IV.She most likely appeared at the harem by the end of 1628 and soon became the sultan’s only favorite and he wrote her love poems. Although of noble birth and a free woman, Ayşe and Murad never legally married despite being the Sultan's favorite until his death in 1640. Sultan Murad's legal wife, the Georgian born princess Semsiperi Hatun and Ayşe were not on good terms but their fights never exceeded the doors of their private quarters because of how cruel and fiery was Murad's temper and everyone in the palace feared him except his mother , the ethnic Greek Kosem Sultan who was fearless of his cruel personality. Privy Purse registers the presence of Ayşe as Murad's only Haseki until the very end of Murad's seventeen-year reign, when a second Haseki appears. It is possible that Ayşe was Murad's only Haseki until the advent of the second. In 1633 Murad raised 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 years of his mother's regency.[1]

She started her career at a stipend of 2,000 aspers a day while Murad's second Haseki received 2,571 aspers a day. Seven months later, however, the stipend of Murad's second Haseki was reduced to 2,000 aspers.

After Murad IV’s death, Ayşe, like his other concubines, was sent out of the Topkapı Palace. The last mentioning of her receiving the stipend was in 1679/1680 and it is very probable that she died around that time.

In popular culture[edit]

In the TV series Muhteşem Yüzyıl: Kösem, Ayşe is portrayed by Turkish actress Leyla Feray.


  1. ^ a b Leslie P. Peirce (1993). The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire. Oxford University Press. pp. 107 and 312. ISBN 978-0-195-08677-5.
Ottoman royalty
Preceded by
Ayşe Sultan
Haseki Sultan
May 1630 – 8 February 1640
Succeeded by
Turhan Sultan
(among others)