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Mahfiruze Hatice

Mahfiruz Hatice Sultan
Born Maria
Died ca. 1620
Ethnicity Greek or Serb
Known for Valide Sultan
Religion Greek Orthodox Christian, subsequently converted to Islam after her capture
Spouse(s) Ahmed I
Children Osman II

Mahfiruz Hatice Sultan (1590 – ca. 1620) was a haseki sultan to Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I (r. 1618-1622), and mother of Sultan Osman II (hence she was valide sultan).


Her origin is unclear. She was an Eastern Orthodox Christian. Her name prior to entering the harem was most likely Maria.

She was the first of Ahmed I's three women, and bore him four sons: Osman II, Bayezid, Suleyman and Huseyn.[4] With the birth of Osman, the couple's first child, Ahmed became the youngest Ottoman sultan to become father, and Osman was the first Ottoman first-born prince to be born in the Imperial capital of Istanbul.[5] Kösem Sultan later replaced Mahfiruz as haseki, and Mahfiruz seems to have been relegated to the Old Saray.


  • Name: Her name was probably Mahfiruz (Mâhfîrûz), also spelled "Mahfiruze" (Mâhfirûze) or "Mah-Firuze" or "Mah-Firuz". It might have originally been Maria. She is also referred to as "Hadice Mah-firuz", "Mahfiruz Hadice Valide Sultan"[6] or "Hatîce Mâhfirûze Vâlide Sultan"[7] in sources.


Preceded by
Handan Sultan
Valide Sultan
Succeeded by

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