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 Correspondence with Safiye Sultan
(2,218 words)


Elizabeth I

Date: 1593, 1599

Original Language: Ottoman Turkish


Safiye Sultan was born in Albania, probably in 1550 because she was 13 in 1563 when Mihrimah, who functioned as Queen Mother (Vālide sultan) for Selim II, her younger brother, presented her to the then Prince Murad as a concubine. She had been enslaved by pirates, and according to Matar she converted to Islam (Islam in Britain, pp. 123-4). In 1566, Safiye gave birth to the future sultan, Mehmed III. At this time,…

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Bennett, Clinton, “ Correspondence with Safiye Sultan”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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