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Q: Yusuf Izzedin ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Yusuf Izzedin
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: wolvies-ga
List Price: $14.00
Posted: 26 Jun 2003 15:06 PDT
Expires: 26 Jul 2003 15:06 PDT
Question ID: 222158
'Crown Prince of the Ottoman Empire'. I know a few things about this
guy, he died in 1916, perhaps murdered ('suicided') as he was seen as
too much in favour of peace by Enver and co. I know whose son he was,
that he would have been sultan in 1918 instead of Vahdettin had he
lived. But...there is so much I don't know about him. Ottoman
succession law was that the oldest son of any late sultan was the heir
- so when he died, any children he may have had would have lost all
rights. But did he have any ? In addition, what did he do in the
period of the sultanates of Abdul Hamid and Mehmed ? I have seen that
he went abroad on visits but is there a biography etc that covers his
views, actions, contacts etc in this and the war period ? HIs children
- if any - are most vital to this answer. Thanks
Subject: Re: Yusuf Izzedin
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 26 Jun 2003 16:37 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Dear wolvies,

Prince Shehzade YUSUF IZZEDDIN Efendi, Crown Prince of the Ottoman
Empire, oldest son of Sultan Abdulaziz I, had four wives and four
children. His wifes were:

1. Cavidan Hanim Efendi. Born 12 January 1870 in Kars, Caucasus.
Married Prince Yusuf on 20 May 1885 in Beshiktash. Died 1935.

2. Emine Nazikedâ Hanim Efendi. Born 30 May 1872, Sohoum. Married
Prince Yusuf on 6 July 1886 in Beshiktash. Died 1946.

3. Tazende Hanim Efendi. Born 10 October 1875 in Poti, Caucasus.
Married Prince Yusuf on 15 October 1892 in Beshiktash. Died 1950 in

4. Leman Ünlüsoy Hanim Efendi. Born 6 June 1888 in Batum, Caucasus.
Married Prince Yusuf on 4 February 1904 in Tchamlidcha (Chamlica),
Scutari. Died 3 August 1953 in Tchamlidcha (Chamlica), Scutari.

With his main wife Leman Ünlüsoy, he had three children, including one
sons that would have been Crown Prince, had Prince Yusuf ever become

1. A daughter: Princess Hadice Shükriye Sultan. Born 24 February 1906
in Tchamlidcha (Chamlica), Scutari. Married Prince Shehzade MEHMET
SEREFEDDIN Efendi (1904-1966) on 14 November 1923 in Nichantache.
Divorced in Cairo, Egypt, on 16 June 1927. Then married Shaikh AHMAD
of Kuwait (1885-1950) on 4 September 1935 in Cairo. Divorced 1 April
1937. Died 1 April 1972 in Cairo, Egypt.

2. A son: Prince Shehzade Mehmet Nizameddin Efendi. Born 10 January
1909 in Beshiktash. Obviously never married. Died 21 March 1933 in
Orsellina, Italy.

3. A daughter: Princess Mihriban Mihrishah Sultan. Born 1 June 1916 in
Beshiktash. Married Prince Shehzade OMER FARUK Efendi (1898-1969) on
31 July 1948 in Alexandria, Egypt. Died 25 January 1987 in

Furtermore, there was one son not born by one of his wives and thus
not a possible heir to the throne, who died less than a year after
birth: Prince Shehzade Mehmet Bahaeddin Efendi. Born February 1883,
died 8 November 1883 after only some months.

So much for Prince Yusuf's children. As for what he did during while
he was waiting for the time when he would become Sultan himself,
information is very rare. But at least I managed to find out that he
was a high-ranking military officer, first commander of the Imperial
Guard, later Field-Marshal of the Ottoman Army. Apart from this indeed
less than satisfying bits of information, I could not locate any
sources, despite extensive research.

But in case you are interested in finding out more about Prince
Yusuf's ancestors, descendants, and relatives, here are links that you
will find without any doubt informative:

Genealogical Gleanings: Genealogy of the Ottoman Royal Family - Yusuf

Genealogical Gleanings: Genealogy of the Ottoman Royal Family -
Cavidan Hanim Efendi

Genealogical Gleanings: Genealogy of the Ottoman Royal Family - Emine
Nazikedâ Hanim Efendi

Genealogical Gleanings: Genealogy of the Ottoman Royal Family -
Tazende Hanim Efendi

Genealogical Gleanings: Genealogy of the Ottoman Royal Family - Leman
Ünlüsoy Hanim Efendi

Genealogical Gleanings: Genealogy of the Ottoman Royal Family -
Princess Hadice Sükriye Sultana

Genealogical Gleanings: Genealogy of the Ottoman Royal Family - Prince

Genealogical Gleanings: Genealogy of the Ottoman Royal Family -
Princess Mihriban Mihrishah Sultana

Almanach de Bruxelles: Turkey (Ottoman Empire) The Sultans - Abdulaziz I

Search terms used:
"Abdulaziz I "
Izzeddin prince 1916

I hope this is, in spite of the sad lack of biographical material on
Prince Yusuf, interesting and useful for you.
Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by wolvies-ga on 26 Jun 2003 22:37 PDT
The answer on the children (and indeed on the wives) is excellent,
thank you. Did you find anything that said what Yusuf Izzedin's regnal
name would have been as sultan had he lived ? Vahdettin was a Mehmet,
because it was part of his name, but was there one in Yusuf Izzedin's
or would he have been sultan Yusuf ? Thanks if you can

wolvies, lol

Clarification of Answer by scriptor-ga on 27 Jun 2003 05:06 PDT
Dear wolvies,

I will do additional research today, in the library. But please have
mercy on me in case I should not find anything - it really seems as if
Prince Yusuf does not belong to those persons in history biographers
were very interested in. Anyway, I will now drive to the library and
see what I can get.

Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by wolvies-ga on 28 Jun 2003 09:10 PDT
Let me know whether you do or do not find anything. I appreciate your efforts

wolvies, lol

Clarification of Answer by scriptor-ga on 30 Jun 2003 09:40 PDT
Dear wolvies,

I have browsed dozens of books on Turkish history in my local
Municipal Library ... with no result. Neither did I find more
biographical data on Prince Yusuf than I already got, nor was I able
to locate anything about his possible throne name, had he been Sultan.
I *could* imagine that he might have kept his orginal name and reigned
as Sultan Yusuf I, since Yusuf is a very respectable name in Islamic
societies; but I can't prove it.

I am very sorry and I hope I did not dissapoint you.
Best regards,
wolvies-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $3.00
Thanks Scriptor - Excellent answer. The four stars relates only to the
fact that the information is not available and not to the quality of
service/dedication from the Researcher. All the best !

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