Osman III

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Osman III
عثمان ثالث
Caliph of Islam
Amir al-Mu'minin
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
25th Ottoman Sultan (Emperor)
Reign 13 December 1754 – 30 October 1757
Predecessor Mahmud I
Successor Mustafa III
Born January 1699
Died 30 October 1757 (aged 58)
Consorts Leyla Kadınefendi
Zevki Kadınefendi
Ferhunde Emine Kadınefendi
Full name
Osman bin Mustafa
Dynasty House of Osman
Father Mustafa II
Mother Şehsuvar Sultan
Religion Sunni Islam

Osman III (Ottoman Turkish: عثمان ثالث‘Osmān-i sālis;‎ 2/3 January 1699 – 30 October 1757) was the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1754 to 1757.[1]


The younger brother of Mahmud I (1730–54) and son of Mustafa II (1695–1703) and Valide Şehsuvar Sultan, he was born at Edirne Palace.

His brief reign saw rising intolerance of non-Muslims (Christians and Jews being required to wear distinctive clothes or badges)[citation needed] and is also notable for a fire in Constantinople.[2][3] His mother was Şehsuvar Sultan, a Serbian valide sultan.[citation needed]

Audience of French ambassador Charles de Vergennes with Sultan Osman III in 1755.

Osman III lived most of his life as a prisoner in the palace, and as a consequence on becoming Sultan he had some behavioural peculiarities. Unlike previous Sultans, he hated music, and banished all musicians from the palace. He died at the Topkapı Palace, Constantinople.

Osman was responsible for a firman in 1757, that preserved the Status Quo of various Holy Land sites for Christians, Muslims, and Jews.[4]


  1. ^ Upham, Edward (1829). "Chapter XV: OTHMAN III Twenty Fifth Reign H 1168 A.D. 1754". History of the Ottoman Empire from its Establishment till the Year 1828. Constable's Miscellany. XL. Original from Oxford University: Constable and Co. p. 260. 
  2. ^ The Encyclopædia Britannica, Vol.7, Edited by Hugh Chisholm, (1911), 3; Constantinople, the capital of the Turkish Empire...
  3. ^ Britannica, Istanbul:When the Republic of Turkey was founded in 1923, the capital was moved to Ankara, and Constantinople was officially renamed Istanbul in 1930.
  4. ^ Michael R. T. Dumper; Bruce E. Stanley (2007). Cities of the Middle East and North Africa: A Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 209. ISBN 978-1-57607-919-5. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 

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Osman III
Born: 2 January 1699 Died: 30 October 1757[aged 58]
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Mahmud I
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
13 Dec 1754 – 30 Oct 1757
Succeeded by
Mustafa III
Sunni Islam titles
Preceded by
Mahmud I
Caliph of Islam
13 Dec 1754 – 30 Oct 1757
Succeeded by
Mustafa III