Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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Wālide Sulṭān
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(a.) Turkish pronunciation vālide or valde sulṭān; the two words are in apposition, according to Turkish syntax), “the sulṭān Valide” or “sulṭāna mother”, a title borne in the old Ottoman empire by the mother of the reigning sulṭān and only for the duration of her son’s reign.

The political history of the Wālide Sulṭān is fairly well known from the Turkish historians, at least as far as those are concerned who took part openly in the government of the country, for example Nūr Bānū, Ṣafīye, Māh-Peiker Kösem and Turk̲h̲an Ḵh̲adīd̲j̲e.

We are by no means so well informed about the condi…

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Deny, J., “Wālide Sulṭān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 24 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_5953>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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