Hüma Hatun

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Hüma Hatun
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The sarcophagus of Hüma Hatun is located inside Muradiye Complex, in Bursa, Turkey
Valide Hatun of the Ottoman Sultanate
TenureAugust 1444 ‒ September 1446
PredecessorEmine Hatun
SuccessorEmine Hatun
c. 1410
Died18 September 1449(1449-09-18) (aged 38–39)
Bursa, Ottoman Sultanate
SpouseMurad II
IssueMehmed the Conqueror

Hüma Hatun (Ottoman Turkish: هما خاتون‎, c. 1410 ‒ September 1449) was the fourth wife of Ottoman Sultan Murad II and mother of Mehmed II and the grandmother of Bayezid II.


She was a slave girl.[1] Nothing is known of her family background, apart from the fact that an Ottoman inscription (vakfiye) describes her as Hātun binti Abdullah (daughter of Abdullah); at that time, people who converted to Islam were given the name Abdullah meaning Servant of God,[2] which is evidence of her non-Muslim origin.[3] Her name, hüma, means "bird of paradise", after the Persian legend.[3] There are two traditions or theories on her origin: that she was an Italian woman named Stella, perhaps a Jewess;[3], that she was Macedonian,[4] as Ilber Ortayli contends that she was of Christian Macedonian descent. She died in September 1449 in Bursa.

Her tomb is located at the site known as "Hatuniye Kümbedi" (Hatuniye Tomb) to the east of Muradiye Complex. The quarter where her tomb lies has been known thus far as Hüma Hatun Quarter.[5] Her name is not inscribed on the 1449 dated epitaph of the türbe, but she is praised as an excellent Muslim mother. In addition, her name is given as "Hüma Hatun", the mother of Mehmed II in Bursa Şer’iyye sicils (The notebooks number 31, 201 and 370).[citation needed]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Peirce, Leslie P., The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire, Oxford University Press, 1993, ISBN 0-19-508677-5 (paperback).
  • Yavuz Bahadıroğlu, Resimli Osmanlı Tarihi, Nesil Yayınları (Ottoman History with Illustrations, Nesil Publications), 15th Ed., 2009, ISBN 978-975-269-299-2 (Hardcover).


  1. ^ Doukas (1 January 1975). Decline and Fall of Byzantium to the Ottoman Turks. Wayne State University Press. p. 304. ISBN 978-0-8143-1540-8.
  2. ^ John Freely (2009). The Grand Turk: Sultan Mehmet II - Conqueror of Constantinople, Master of an Empire and Lord of Two Seas. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-0-857-73022-0.
  3. ^ a b c Franz Babinger (1992). Mehmed the Conqueror and His Time. Princeton University Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-691-01078-6.
  4. ^ Li Tang; Dietmar W. Winkler (2013). From the Oxus River to the Chinese Shores: Studies on East Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia. LIT Verlag Münster. pp. 308–. ISBN 978-3-643-90329-7.
  5. ^ Ahmed Akgündüz, Said Öztürk (2011). Ottoman History: Misperceptions and Truths. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-9-090-26108-9.

External links[edit]

  • Osmanlı Padişahlarının yabancı anneleri ve padişahların yabancılarla evlenme gerekçeleri. Cafrande Kültür Sanat ve Hayat. 13 March 2008. General Culture
Ottoman royalty
Preceded by
Emine Hatun
Valide Hatun
August 1444 ‒ September 1446
Succeeded by
Emine Hatun