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Malhun Hatun

Mal Hatun
Born 13th century
Died November 1323
Söğüt, Anatolia
Spouse Osman Gazi
Issue Orhan Gazi
Full name
Kameriye Sultana Mal Hatun
Religion Islam

Malhun Hatun (died November 1323,[1] other names Mal Hatun, Mala Hatun, Kameriye Sultana) was the first wife of Osman I, the leader of the Ottoman Turks and the founder of the dynasty that established and ruled the Ottoman Empire. She was the mother of the next ruler of the Ottoman State, Orhan.

The husband of "Mal Khātûn", Ottoman Sultan Osman I.
The son of "Mal Khātûn", Ottoman Sultan Orhan I.


  • Biography 1
  • See also 2
  • Further reading 3
  • References 4


It has been recognized by many historians that she was the daughter of the Anatolian Turkish Bey, Ömer Bey, although there had been some speculations that she was the daughter of Sheikh Edebali. Other sources say that she was the daughter of Ömer Abdülaziz Bey, Seljuk vizier of Anatolia.[2]

The 1324 endowment deed for a dervish monastery built by Sultan Orhan suggest that his mother was not, as popular historical tradition maintains Edebali's daughter but rather Mal Hatun, the daughter of one "Umar Bey or Ömer Bey". The title "bey", used by the princely dynasties of Anatolia, suggests that Mal Hatun's father was a person of some status and authority. One possibility is that he was the eponymous ruler of an "Amouri" (Umeri) principality, which was located northeast of the emerging Ottoman state and disappeared in the late 13th or the early 14th century. The Amouri are described by the Byzantine historian

  1. ^ "Turkey: The Imperial House of Osman". 
  2. ^ "Consorts Of Ottoman Sultans (in Turkish)". Ottoman Web Page. 
  3. ^ Leslie P., Peirce (1993). "Wives and Concubines: Toward Concubinage". The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire. 198 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016-4314: Oxford University Press. p. 55.  


  • Peirce, Leslie P., The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire, Oxford University Press, 1993, ISBN 0-19-508677-5 (paperback).
  • Yavuz Bahadıroğlu, Resimli Osmanlı Tarihi, Nesil Yayınları (Ottoman History with Illustrations, Nesil Publications), 15th Ed., 2009, ISBN 978-975-269-299-2 (Hardcover).

Further reading

See also

Mal Hatun has a central role in the legendary Osman's Dream, depicting Osman's great love for her and the long struggle he had to undergo before being able to gain her hand. The account is, however, considered to have been composed centuries later, reflecting later generations' perception of her rather than the historical reality. She died in 1323


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