Saliha Sultan (daughter of Abdülaziz)
|Born||11 August 1862|
Dolmabahçe Palace, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
(now Istanbul, Turkey)
|Died||c. 1941 (aged 78–79)|
|Spouse||Ahmed Zülkefil Pasha|
Saliha Sultan was born on 11 August 1862 in at the Dolmabahçe Palace. Her father was Sultan Abdülaziz, and her mother was Dürrünev Kadın, the daughter of Prince Mahmud Dziapş-lpa and Princess Halime Çikotua. She was the eldest daughter of her father and the second child of her mother. She was the younger full sister of crown prince Şehzade Yusuf Izzeddin.
Her father, Abdülaziz was deposed by his ministers on 30 May 1876, his nephew Murad V became the Sultan. He was transferred to Feriye Palace the next day. Her mother, and other women of Abdülaziz's entourage didn't wanted to leave the Dolmabahçe Palace. So they were grabbed by hand and were send out to the Feriye Palace. In the process, they were searched from head to toe and everything of value was taken from them. On 4 June 1876, Abdülaziz died under mysterious circumstances.
Saliha Sultan, a fourteen year old girl, continued to live in the Feriye Palace with her mother and nineteen year old brother.
In 1889 Sultan Abdul Hamid II arranged her trousseaux and marriage together with her two sisters, princesses Nazime Sultan and Emine Sultan. She married Ahmed Zülkefil Pasha, the son of Kurdzade Ismail Hakkı Pasha on 20 April 1889 in the Yildiz Palace.
Following the imperial family was sent to exile in 1924, Saliha and her husband settled in Cairo, Egypt.
|Ancestors of Saliha Sultan (daughter of Abdülaziz)|
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