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Ramadanid Emirate
Ramazanoğulları Beyliği
StatusProtectorate of the Mamluk Sultanate (1352-c.1397)
De facto independent (c. 1397–1517)
Protectorate of the Ottoman Empire (1517-1608)
Common languagesTurkish, Armenian, Arabic, Syriac
Bektashi, Christianity (Armenian Apostolic Church, Syriac Christianity), Islam
• 1352
Ramazan Bey
• 1608
Pir Mansur Bey
Historical eraEarly Modern
• Established
• Disestablished
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia
Ottoman Empire

The Ramadanid Emirate (Modern Turkish: Ramazanoğulları Beyliği) was an autonomous administration and a de facto independent emirate that existed from 1352 to 1608 in Cilicia, taking over the rule of the region from the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. The emirate was a protectorate of the Mamluk Sultanate until the end of the 14th century, then it was de facto independent for more than a century, and then, from 1517, a protectorate of the Ottoman Empire.[1] The capital was Adana.

The Ramadanid Emirate was the only emirate in Anatolia that was not a successor of the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate. It is often misclassified as an Anatolian beylik, though it was an entity under the Mamluks. Cilicia was part of the Seljuks for a short time around the turn of the 11th century and thus was not affected by the Sunni tariqa expansionism of the 13th century. In the late 14th century, the Yüreğir Turks moved to Cilicia and had a distinct culture with influence from Bektashi traditions of shamanic rituals along with Islam.


Mongol invasion of Asia forced Oghuz Turks to migrate into Anatolia and Levant in great numbers. A Turkish tribe from Yüreğir in Transoxiana settled in the northern regions of Mamluk Sultanate, from Antioch to Gaza with the approval of the Sultan. They were known in the Middle East as Türkmens or Yüreğirli (en:from Yüreğir)

During Ramadanid era, Cilicia was a buffer state between two Islamic powers.
Ramazanoğlu Hall

The Ilkhanate fell into disarray after the death of Abu Sa'id, thus could not support Armenian Kingdom in guarding Cilicia. In addition, internal conflicts within the Armenian Kingdom made Türkmens turn their eyes to unstable Cilicia, and in 1352, Ramazan Beg led Turkmens to settle south of Çaldağı and founded their first settlement, Camili. Later that year, Ramazan Beg visited Cairo and was assented by the Sultan to establish the new frontier Turkmen Emirate in Cilicia.[2] Yüreğir Türkmens lived as a small community for 7 years in southeast of Adana, and named their new land, Yüreğir. In 1359, Mamluk Sultanate Army marched into Cilicia and took over Adana and Tarsus, two major cities of the plain, leaving few castles to Armenians. In 1375, Mamluks gained control of the remaining areas of Cilicia, thus ending the three centuries rule of by Armenians. Mamluk Sultanate authorized Ramazan Beg led Türkmen Emirate to administer Cilicia, but took direct control of the towns, Tarsus, Ayas, Sarvandikar, Sis at the four corners of Cilicia plain and appointed an Amir and a Garrison for each. Tarsus, the former capital of Cilicia, were settled by the moors that arrived from Egypt. Türkmen Emirate which began to be known as Ramadanids, set the city of Adana as their center of power, and many Türkmen families of Yüreğir origin moved to the city.

Ramazanoğlu Madrasah
Hasan Ağa mosque

After the death of Ramazan Bey, his son Ibrahim Bey made an alliance with the Karaman Emirate. Alaeddin Bey and Ibrahim Bey together tried to remove the Mameluks' control in the province. After this alliance a great Mameluk army moved in and began to plunder but Ibrahim Bey's army achieved a great victory against the Mameluks in Belen. Also in this battle Temur Bey, the general of the Mameluks, had been captured. Yilboga, the amir of Aleppo moved on to the Turkmens after this defeat and he conquered Misis Castle.

The Ramadanids played an important role in 15th century Ottoman-Mamluk relations, being a buffer state located in the Mamluk al-'Awasim frontier zone.

In 1516, Selim I incorporated the beylik into the Ottoman Empire after his conquest of the Mamluk state. The beys of Ramadanids held the administration of the Ottoman sanjak of Adana in a hereditary manner until 1608, with the last 92 years as a vassal of the Ottomans.

The boundaries of the Ottoman Empire.


Ramazanoğlu Hall, which is used currently as a cultural center, was the state residence of the Principality. The administration hall of the Principality does not exist today.

Ramadanid rulers[edit]

  1. Ramaḍān (1353)
  2. Ibrāhīm I (1378–1383)
  3. Shihāb al-Dīn Ahmad (1383–1416)
  4. Ibrāhīm II (1416–1418)
  5. ʿIzz al-Dīn Hamza (1418–1426)
  6. Meḥmed I (1426–1435)
  7. Eylük (1435–1439)
  8. Dündār (1439–1470)
  9. ʿUmar (1470–1485)
  10. Ghars al-Dīn Khalīl (1485–1510)
  11. Maḥmūd (I. 1510-1514- II. 1516–1517)
  12. Selīm (1514–1516)
  13. Qubādh (1517–1520)
  14. Pīrī Mehmed (1520–1568)
  15. Darwīsh (1568–1569)
  16. Ibrāhīm III (1569–1589)
  17. Meḥmed II (1589–1594)
  18. Pīr Mansūr (1594–1608)[3]


  1. ^ "adanadan.biz :: Ramazanoğulları Dönemi". Adanadan.biz. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  2. ^ Har-El, Shai (1995). Struggle for Domination in the Middle East: The Ottoman-Mamluk War, 1485-91. Leiden, New York, Köln: E.J. Brill. ISBN 978-9004101807.
  3. ^ Bosworth 1996, p. 237.