Melike Mama Hatun
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Melike Mama Hatun, or simply Mama Hatun, was a female ruler of the Saltukid dynasty, with its capital in Erzurum, for an estimated nine years between 1191 and 1200. During her reign she had a caravanserai, a mosque, a bridge, and a hammam built in the town of Tercan, located midway between Erzincan and Erzurum, which are still standing and are named after her.
Her tomb is also in Tercan. The town itself was called Mamahatun until recently, and is still referred to as such locally.
Mama Hatun also remains a vivacious figure in Turkish folk literature to this day.
- Sevim, Ali: Türk Tarihi – Fetih, Selçuklu ve Beylikler Dönemi, Türk Tarih Kurumu 1989; p207/208