Hayranidil Kadın

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Hayranidil Kadın
Born2 November 1846
Died26 November 1895(1895-11-26) (aged 49)
Feriye Palace, Ortaköy, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
(present day Istanbul, Turkey)
(m. 1861; died 1876)
Turkish: Hayranidil Kadın
Ottoman Turkish: خیران دل قادین
HouseOttoman (by marriage)
ReligionSunni Islam

Hayranidil Kadın (Ottoman Turkish: خیران دل قادین; 2 November 1846 – 26 November 1895; meaning 'The excellent heart'[1]) was the second wife of Sultan Abdulaziz of the Ottoman Empire, and the mother of last caliph of the Muslim world Abdulmejid II.


Of Abkhazian origin,[2] Hayranıdil Kadın was born on 2 November 1846.[3] She was celebrated as the most beautiful woman of the imperial household.[4]

She married Abdulaziz in 1861 in the Dolmabahçe Palace, just before his accession to the throne.[2] After his accession, she was given the title of "Second Kadın".[5] Six years after the marriage, on 14 February 1867,[6] she gave birth to her first child, a daughter, Nazime Sultan.[7] One year later, on 29 May 1868, she gave birth to her second child, a son, Şehzade Abdulmejid (future Caliph Abdulmejid II)[8] in the Beylerbeyi Palace.[6]

Abdulaziz was deposed by his ministers on 30 May 1876, his nephew Murad V became the Sultan.[9] He was transferred to Feriye Palace the next day.[10] Hayranıdil, and other women of Abdulaziz's entourage didn't want to leave the Dolmabahçe Palace. So they were grabbed by hand and were sent out to the Feriye Palace. In the process, they were searched from head to toe and everything of value was taken from them.[11] On 4 June 1876,[12] Abdulaziz died under mysterious circumstances.[13]


Hayranıdil Kadın died on 26 November 1895[14] in the Feriye Palace, Ortaköy at the age of forty-nine, and was buried in the mausoleum of Sultan Mahmud II, located at Divan Yolu street, Istanbul.[3]


Name Birth Death Notes
Nazime Sultan  14 February[15] 1867[7][16]  1947[16] married once without issue
Abdulmejid II 29 May 1868[17][14][18] 23 August 1944[14][18] married four times, and had issue, one son and one daughter

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  1. ^ A Gyre Thro' the Orient. Republican Book and Job Printing Office. 1869. p. 62.
  2. ^ a b Uçan 2019, pp. 21, 23.
  3. ^ a b Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 641.
  4. ^ Gülersoy, Çelik (1990). Dolmabahçe Palace and its environs. İstanbul Kitaplığı. p. 131.
  5. ^ Uluçay 2011, p. 232.
  6. ^ a b Uçan, Lâle (2019b). Dolmabahçe Sarayı'nda Çocuk Olmak: Sultan Abdülaziz'in Şehzâdelerinin ve Sultanefendilerinin Çocukluk Yaşantılarından Kesitler. FSM İlmî Araştırmalar İnsan ve Toplum Bilimleri Dergisi. pp. 232–33.
  7. ^ a b Uluçay 2011, p. 235.
  8. ^ Elsie, Robert (2013). A Biographical Dictionary of Albanian History. A Biographical Dictionary of Albanian History. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-780-76431-3.
  9. ^ Zürcher, Erik J. (October 15, 2004). Turkey: A Modern History, Revised Edition. I.B.Tauris. pp. 73. ISBN 978-1-850-43399-6.
  10. ^ Shaw, Stanford J.; Shaw, Ezel Kural (1976). History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey: Volume 2, Reform, Revolution, and Republic: The Rise of Modern Turkey 1808-1975, Volume 11. Cambridge University Press. pp. 164. ISBN 978-0-521-29166-8.
  11. ^ Brookes 2010, p. 40.
  12. ^ Davison, Roderic H. (December 8, 2015). Reform in the Ottoman Empire, 1856-1876. Princeton University Press. p. 341. ISBN 978-1-400-87876-5.
  13. ^ Brookes 2010, p. 43.
  14. ^ a b c Uluçay 2011, p. 233.
  15. ^ Uçan 2019, p. 23.
  16. ^ a b Brookes 2010, p. 286.
  17. ^ Uçan 2019, p. 15.
  18. ^ a b Brookes 2010, p. 278.


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