Murad V

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Murad V
مراد خامس
Caliph of Islam
Amir al-Mu'minin
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
Sultan Murad V of the Ottoman Empire.jpg
25th Caliph of the Ottoman Caliphate
33rd Ottoman Sultan (Emperor)
Reign 30 May 1876 – 31 August 1876
Predecessor Abdülaziz
Successor Abdülhamid II
Born (1840-09-21)21 September 1840
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Died 29 August 1904(1904-08-29) (aged 63)
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Burial 30 August 1904
Consorts Eleru Kadınefendi
Reftarıdil Kadınefendi
Şayan Kadınefendi
Meyliservet Kadınefendi
Resan Hanımefendi
Cevherriz Hanımefendi
Nevdür Hanımefendi
Remişnaz Hanımefendi
Filizten Hanımefendi
Visal-i nur Hanım
Taran-i-Dil Hanım
Issue Şehzade Mehmed Selaheddin Efendi
Şehzade Suleiman Efendi
Hatice Sultan
Şehzade Seyfeddin Efendi
Fehime Sultan
Fatma Sultan
Aliye Sultan
Dynasty Osmanli (Ottoman)
Father Abdülmecid I
Mother Şevkefza Valide Sultan
Religion Islam

Murad V (Ottoman Turkish: مراد خامس‎) (21 September 1840 – 29 August 1904) was the 33rd Sultan of the Ottoman Empire who reigned from 30 May to 31 August 1876.

He was born at Çırağan Palace, Ortaköy, Constantinople.[1] His father was Abdülmecid I. His mother, whom his father married in Constantinople on 1 August 1839, was Şevkefza Valide Sultan, an ethnic Circassian[2][3][4] from the Ubykh tribe, daughter of Mehmed Bey Zaurum and his wife Cemile Hanım.[5]


Murad V.

Murad became the Sultan when his uncle Abdülaziz was deposed. He was highly influenced by French culture. He reigned for 93 days before being deposed on the grounds that he was supposedly mentally ill; however his opponents may simply have used those grounds to stop his implementation of democratic reforms.[6] As a result, he was unable to deliver the Constitution that his supporters had sought. The ensuing political instability caused by his ousting moved the empire closer to the disastrous war with Russia, then ruled by Alexander II.

Murad V was the first and only sultan member of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Turkey.[7][8]

He died at Çırağan Palace, Ortaköy, Constantinople, and was buried in Constantinople on 30 August 1904. His brother, Abdul Hamid II, ascended the throne on 31 August 1876.

Personal life[edit]

Marriages and children[edit]

Murad married nine times and had seven children. His marriages were:

First marriage[edit]

He married firstly at Istanbul, Beşiktaş, Beşiktaş Palace, on 2 January 1857 to Georgian Eleru Mevhibe Kadınefendi (Tbilisi, 6 August 1835 – Chichli, 21 February 1936), daughter of Ahmed Bey Tarkanişvili.[9] No issue.

Second marriage and issue[edit]

He married secondly at Istanbul, Beşiktaş, Beşiktaş Palace, on 4 February 1859 to Circassian (from Abzakh tribe)[9] Reftarıdil Kadınefendi (North Caucasus, 5 June 1838 – Istanbul, Ortaköy, Ortaköy Palace, 3 March 1936), daughter of Hatkoyuko Bey Hatko,[9] and had:

Third marriage and issue[edit]

He married thirdly at Istanbul, Beşiktaş, Beşiktaş Palace, on 5 February 1869 to Circassian (from Natukhai tribe) Şayan Kadınefendi (Anapa, Russia, 4 January 1853 – Ortaköy 15 March 1945), daughter of Batır Bey Zan,[9] and had:

  • HIH Princess Hatice Sultan (Murad V) (Kurbağalıdere Köşkü, 5 May 1870 – 13 March 1938, Beirut, Lebanon and buried in Damascus), married firstly at Yıldız Palace, 3 September 1901 and divorced in Ortaköy on 20 September 1908 to HH Damat Ali Vasif Pasha (c. 1870 – 1918), Vizier, married secondly at Ortaköy Palace, 1 May 1909 and divorced on 16 June 1918 to HH Damat Rauf Hayreddin Bey Efendi (1871 – Beirut, Lebanon 1936), Chief Secretary of Foreign Ministry, son of Hayri Bey; and got Issue:
    • Ayşe Hanımsultan (1902 – ?), by Ali Vasıf Pasha, married in 1920 to İşkodralızâde Celal Bey, and got Issue, who lives today in Turkey and Germany.
    • Sultanzade Hayri Bey (19 June 1912 – ?) by Rauf Hayreddin Bey Efendi.
    • Selma Hanımsultan Raouf (13 April 1914 – 13 January 1941), married 1938 Syed Sajid Hussain Zaidi de Kotwara (1910 – 1991), and got Issue:
      • Kenizé Mourad (15 June 1940 in Paris)
  • HIH Prince Seyfeddin (Şehzade Seyfettin) Efendi (1872 – 1872).

Fourth marriage and issue[edit]

He married fifthly at Istanbul, Ortaköy, Ortaköy Palace, on 8 June 1874 to Circassian Meyliservet Kadınefendi (Batumi, present-day Georgia, 21 October 1854 – Constantinople, Ortaköy, Ortaköy Palace, 9 December 1903), and had:

Fifth marriage and issue[edit]

He married fifthly at Istanbul, Ortaköy, Ortaköy Palace, on 2 November 1877 to Georgian Resan Hanımefendi (Artvin, 28 March 1860 – Istanbul, Ortaköy, Ortaköy Palace, 31 March 1910), daughter of Ömer Bey by his wife Fatma Hanım,[9] and had:

  • HIH Princess Fatma Sultan (Çırağan Palace, Ortaköy, Istanbul, 19 June 1879 – Sofia, Bulgaria, 20 November 1932 and buried there), married at Ortaköy, 29 July 1907 to HH Damat Refik Iris Bey Efendi (Istanbul, c. 1887 – Istanbul, 1952), diplomat, son of Senator Faik Bey, of Konya and had Issue:
    • Ayse Hatice Hanimsultan (20 Januar 1909 - 14 October 1968), unmarried, without issue
    • Sultanzade Mehmed Ali Bey (20 Januar 1909 - 1981), unmarried, without issue
    • Sultanzade Celaleddin Bey (23 April 1916 - 18 November 1997), married 1944 at Sofia Telgüzar Hanim (2 Februar 1926 (Sofia) daughter of Hasan Mehmet, and got Issue:
      • Faik Bey (14 October 1945 - 1 October 1993) had a son
      • Resan Hanım(15 Novenber 1956) married Haluk Deveci (1953), and got Issue
        • Serra Deveci (19 Mart 1977)
        • Emirhan Devevi (23 mart 1991)
  • HIH Princess Aliye Sultan (Çırağan Palace, Ortaköy, Istanbul, 24 August 1880 – 19 September 1903, Istanbul), unmarried and without issue.

Sixth marriage[edit]

He married sixthly at Istanbul, Çırağan Palace, in 1879 to Circassian (from Ubykh tribe) Cevherriz Hanımefendi (Sochi, Russia, c. 1862 – Istanbul, c. 1940), daughter of Halil Bey, married secondly Hüsnü Bey[9] without issue.

Seventh marriage[edit]

He married seventhly at Istanbul, Çırağan Palace, in 1880 to Georgian Nevdür Hanımefendi (Batumi, Georgia, c. 1861 – Beşiktaş, Istanbul, c. 1927), daughter of Rüstem Bey Nakaşvili by his wife Fevziye Hanım,[9] without issue.

Eighth marriage[edit]

He married eighthly at Istanbul, Çırağan Palace, in 1884 to Circassian (from Bzhedug tribe) Remişnaz Hanımefendi (North Caucasus, c. 1864 – Istanbul, c. 1934), daughter of Hasan Bey Topçu,[9] without issue.

Ninth marriage[edit]

He married ninthly at Istanbul, Çırağan Palace, in 1887 to Abkhazian Filizten Hanımefendi (Pitsunda, Abkhazia, c. 1865 – Erenköy, Istanbul, c. 1945), daughter of Prince Şahin Bey Çaabalurhva by his wife Princess Adilhan Loo,[9] without issue.

Tenth marriage[edit]

He married thenth Visal-i nur Hanım. She was of English origin. No any information is given by her.

Eleventh marriage[edit]

He married eleventh Taran-i-Dil Hanım, sister of his Wife Reftarıdil, withous Issue, married secondly Nuri Bey.


  1. ^ Britannica, Istanbul: Until the Turkish Post Office officially changed the name in 1930, however, the city continued to bear the millenary name of Constantinople.
  2. ^ Açba, Harun (2007). "Bölüm 2: Sultan I. Abdülhamid Han Ailesi". Kadınefendiler: Son Dönem Osmanlı Padişah Eşleri (in Turkish) (1 ed.). Istanbul: Prolil Yayıncılık. p. 28. 
  3. ^ Turkish Historical Society XXXI. Türk Tarih Kurumu Osmanlı Tarihi Interaktif CD-ROM
  4. ^
  5. ^ İbrahim Pazan (2007). Padişah anneleri. Babıali Kültür Yayıncılığı. ISBN 978-9-944-11831-6. 
  6. ^ Palmer, Alan. The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire, 1992. Page 141–143.
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  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i Harun Açba (2007). Kadın efendiler: 1839 – 1924. Profil. ISBN 978-9-759-96109-1. 

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Murad V
Born: 21 September 1840 Died: 29 August 1904
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
30 May 1876 – 31 Aug 1876
Succeeded by
Abdul Hamid II
Sunni Islam titles
Preceded by
Caliph of Islam
30 May 1876 – 31 Aug 1876
Succeeded by
Abdul Hamid II