15 March 1835
Batumi, Georgia, Russian Empire
|Died||4 December 1895
Feriye Palace, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
|Burial||Near the mausoleum of Sultan Mahmud II, Çemberlitaş, Fatih, Istanbul|
|Issue||Şehzade Yusuf Izzeddin
Dürrünev Kadın was born on 15 March 1835 in Batumi, Georgia and was a member of the Abkhazian family, Dziapş-lpa. Born as Melek Dziapş-lpa, she was the eldest daughter of Mahmud Bey Dziapş-lpa and his Abkhazian wife Halime Hanım Çikotua. She had two sisters, Ayşe Kemalifer Hanım (wife of Ömer Bey Açba, and mother of Cavidan Hanım, wife of Dürrünev's son Şehzade Yusuf Izzettin Efendi) and Aliye Hanım. She was also the maternal aunt of Nazperver Kadın, fourth wife of Sultan Mehmed V, through her sister Aliye. She had long blonde hair and hazel eyes.
At the age of three Melek and her younger sister, Ayşe were taken to Istanbul, where they were delivered at the court of the Ottoman Sultan, Abdülmecid I. Servetseza Kadın, wife of Sultan Abdülmecid I, took Melek and Ayşe in her care, as she did not had children of her own. According to the palace tradition, Melek and Ayşe were renamed Dürrünev and Kemalifer and were given thoroughly Turkish, Muslim and French education in the harem department of the Topkapı Palace, according to the custom of the time. Receiving her education in the palace, Dürrünev, was brought into contact with the art, and because of this she also began to paint and draw at relatively young age.
Dürrünev grew into a young lady in the Topkapı Palace, and when she entered her twentieth year she was noticed by Prince Şehzade Abdülaziz, upon his visit to the Dolmabahçe Palace. Abdülaziz proposed Dürrünev, and she consented to the will of their parents in the marriage proposal of the Sultan. Abdülaziz also asked Servetseza Kadın to give her hand in marriage to him. Firstly she refused to give Dürrünev's hand in marriage to Abdülaziz but finally Servetsezâ was consented, and the marriage of Dürrünev to Abdülaziz took place on 20 May 1856 at the Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul.
Dürrünev gave birth to two children: Şehzade Yusuf Izzettin Efendi in 1857 and Princess Saliha Sultan in 1862. Abdülaziz was deposed by his ministers on 30 May 1876, and died a few days later, while his whole entourage was imprisoned in the Feriye Palace. Abdülaziz's nephew Murad V became the Sultan, and his family was liberated from imprisonment, but continued to live in Feriye Palace.
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