Sultanate of Women

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Date: 1533 to 1656
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The Sultanate of Women was a period of time in the Ottoman Empire. During this era the Wives (called "Haseki Sultans") and Mothers (called "Valide Sultans") of the Sultan held extraordinary political power and influence.It began with Haseki Hurrem Sultan during the reign of S├╝leyman I.

Notable Sultanas

Hurrem Sultan : She was the favorite and later legal wife of Suleiman I. Hurrem was the first to hold the title "Haseki Sultan".

Mihrimah Sultan: The daughter of Suleiman I and Hurrem. Mihrimah was the most powerful Princess in the history of the Ottoman Empire.

Nurbanu Sultan: The Haseki Sultan of Selim II. She was only one of two Hasekis to be legally married after being freed (the first being Hurrem). After Selim's death she became Valide Sultan during the reign of her son. After her death, she was the first consort to be laid to rest next to her Sultan.

Safiye Sultan:

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