Düzdidil Kadın

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Düzdidil Kadın
BornAyşe Dişan
c. 1825 (1825)
North Caucasus
Died18 August 1845(1845-08-18) (aged 19–20)
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Imperial ladies Mausoleum, New Mosque, Istanbul
SpouseAbdulmejid I
IssueMevhibe Sultan
Neyyire Sultan
Münire Sultan
Cemile Sultan
Samiye Sultan
Ottoman Turkishدزددل قادین
HouseDişan (by birth)
Ottoman (by marriage)
FatherŞıhım Dişan
MotherPrincess Çaçba
ReligionSunni Islam

Düzdidil Kadın (Ottoman Turkish: دزددل قادین‎, from Persian دزد دل duzd-i dil meaning "thief of hearts"; c. 1825 – 18 August 1845) was the third wife of Sultan Abdulmejid I of the Ottoman Empire.

Early life[edit]

Düzdidil Kadın was born in 1825[1] in North Caucasus. Born as Ayşe Dişan, she was a member of Ubykh family, Dişan. Her father was Şıhım Bey Dişan and her mother was an Abkhazian princess belonging to Shervashidze.[2]

Upon Yahya Bey's decision, Ayşe had been brought to Istanbul as a young child, where she entrusted to the imperial harem, along with her nanny Cinan Hanım, and a maid Emine Hanım. Here her name according to the custom of the Ottoman court was changed to Düzdidil.[2]


Düzdidil married Abdulmejid in 1839. She was given the title of "Üçüncü Kadın".[3] On 31 May 1840, she gave birth to the couple's first child, Mevhibe Sultan in the Old Çırağan Palace. The princess died on 9 February 1841.[4]

On 13 October 1841, she gave birth to twins, Neyyire Sultan[5] and Münire Sultan in the Old Beşiktaş Palace. The princesses died two years later on 18 December 1843.[6]

On 17 August 1843, she gave birth to her fourth child, Cemile Sultan in the Old Beylerbeyi Palace.[7] On 23 February 1845, she gave birth to her fifth child, Samiye Sultan[5] in the Topkapı Palace. The princess died two months later on 18 April 1845.[8]

Charles White, who visited Istanbul in 1843, wrote following about her:

The third...is cited as remarkable for her beauty, and not less so for her haughty and wayward disposition.[9]


Düzdidil had fallen victim to the epidemic of tuberculosis then raging in Istanbul. A luxuriously decorated prayer book was commissioned around 1844 for her. As was fitting for her position, the prayer book was lavishly ornate.[10]

She died on 18 August 1845, and was buried in the mausoleum of the imperial ladies at the New Mosque Istanbul.[11][3][1] Cemile Sultan was only two years old when Düzdidil died. She was adopted by another of Sultan Abdulmejid's wives, Perestu Kadın,[5] who was also the adoptive mother one of her half brothers, Sultan Abdul Hamid II.[12]

After her death, her nanny, Cinan Hanım, went back to Caucasus,[13] while her maid, Emine Hanım, served in the imperial harem for sometime, after which she married and left the palace.[14]


Name Birth Death Burial Place Marriage
Date | Spouse
Mevhibe Sultan 31 May 1840
Çırağan Palace
9 February 1841 Abdul Hamid I Mausoleum Never married None
Neyyire Sultan 13 October 1841
Beşiktaş Palace
18 December 1843 Nuruosmaniye Mosque Never married None
Münire Sultan 13 October 1841
Beşiktaş Palace
18 December 1843 Nuruosmaniye Mosque Never married None
Cemile Sultan 17 August 1843
Beylerbeyi Palace
26 February 1915
Erenköy Palace
Abdulmejid I Mausoleum
17 May 1858 Mahmud Celaleddin Pasha Fethiye Hanımsultan
Sultanzade Mahmud Celaleddin Bey
Sultanzade Ibrahim Sakıb Bey
Ayşe Sıdıka Hanımsultan
Fatma Hanımsultan
Samiye Sultan 23 February 1845
Topkapı Palace
18 April 1845 New Mosque Never married None

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Brookes 2010, p. 280.
  2. ^ a b Açba 2007, p. 51.
  3. ^ a b Uluçay 2011, p. 206.
  4. ^ Uluçay 2011, p. 217.
  5. ^ a b c Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 599.
  6. ^ Uluçay 2011, p. 220, 225.
  7. ^ Uluçay 2011, p. 221.
  8. ^ Uluçay 2011, p. 225.
  9. ^ Charles White (1846). Three years in Constantinople; or, Domestic manners of the Turks in 1844. London, H. Colburn. p. 10.
  10. ^ Rebhan, Helga (2010). Die Wunder der Schöpfung: Handschriften der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek aus dem islamischen Kulturkreis. Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. p. 79. ISBN 978-3-880-08005-8.
  11. ^ Açba 2007, p. 52.
  12. ^ Brookes 2010, p. 279.
  13. ^ Açba 2007, p. 52 n. 23.
  14. ^ Açba 2007, p. 51 n. 22.


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  • Açba, Harun (2007). Kadın efendiler: 1839-1924. Profil. ISBN 978-9-759-96109-1.
  • Sakaoğlu, Necdet (2008). Bu Mülkün Kadın Sultanları: Vâlide Sultanlar, Hâtunlar, Hasekiler, Kandınefendiler, Sultanefendiler. Oğlak Yayıncılık. ISBN 978-6-051-71079-2.
  • The Concubine, the Princess, and the Teacher: Voices from the Ottoman Harem. University of Texas Press. 2010. ISBN 978-0-292-78335-5.