Mehmed VI

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Mehmed VI
Ottoman Caliph
Amir al-Mu'minin
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
Kayser-i Rûm
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
Sebah & Joaillier - Sultan Mehmed VI.jpg
Photograph of Mehmet VI by Sébah & Joaillier, c. 1920.
36th Ottoman Sultan (Emperor)
Reign4 July 1918 – 1 November 1922
Sword girding 4 July 1918
Predecessor Mehmed V
Monarchy abolished
Grand Viziers
28th Ottoman Caliph
Reign4 July 1918 – 19 November 1922
Predecessor Mehmed V
Successor Abdulmejid II
Head of the House of Osman
(in exile)
Pretence19 November 1922 – 16 May 1926
Predecessor Mehmed V
Successor Abdulmejid II
Born(1861-01-14)14 January 1861
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Died16 May 1926(1926-05-16) (aged 65)
Sanremo, Kingdom of Italy
Consorts Nazikeda Kadın
Inşirah Hanım
Müveddet Kadın
Nevvare Hanım
Nevzad Hanım
IssueFenire Sultan
Ulviye Sultan
Sabiha Sultan
Şehzade Ertuğrul
Full name
Mehmed bin Abdul Mecid
Dynasty Ottoman
Father Abdulmejid I
Mother Gülüstü Hanım
Religion Sunni Islam
Tughra Fayth Tughra of Mehmed VI.svg

Mehmed VI Vahideddin (Ottoman Turkish : محمد السادسMeḥmed-i sâdis, وحيد الدينVahideddin, Turkish : Vahideddin or Altıncı Mehmet), who is also known as Şahbaba (meaning "Emperor-father") among his relatives, (14 January 1861 – 16 May 1926) was the 36th and last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, reigning from July 4, 1918 until November 1, 1922 when the Ottoman Empire dissolved after World War 1 and became the nation of the Republic of Turkey on October 29, 1923. The brother of Mehmed V, he became heir to the throne after the 1916 suicide of Abdülaziz's son Şehzade Yusuf Izzeddin as the eldest male member of the House of Osman. He acceded to the throne after the death of Mehmed V. [1] He was girded with the Sword of Osman on 4 July 1918, as the thirty-sixth padishah . His father was Sultan Abdulmejid I and mother was Gülüstü Hanım (1830 – 1865), an ethnic Abkhazian, daughter of Prince Tahir Bey Çaçba and his wife Afişe Lakerba, originally named Fatma Çaçba. [2] Mehmed was removed from the throne when the Ottoman sultanate was abolished in 1922.

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Early Life

Mehmed VI was born at the Dolmabahçe Palace, in Constantinople on January 14, 1861. [3] [4]

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Turkish nationalists rejected the settlement by the Sultan's four signatories. A new government, the Turkish Grand National Assembly, under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk) was formed on 23 April 1920, in Ankara (then known as Angora). The new government denounced the rule of Mehmed VI and the command of Süleyman Şefik Pasha, who was in charge of the army commissioned to fight for the empire against the Turkish National Movement (the Kuvâ-i İnzibâtiyye); as a result, a temporary constitution was drafted.

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Exile and death

The Grand National Assembly of Turkey abolished the Sultanate on 1 November 1922, and Mehmed VI was expelled from Constantinople. Leaving aboard the British warship Malaya on 17 November, he went into exile in Malta; Mehmed later lived on the Italian Riviera.

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On 19 November 1922, Mehmed's first cousin and heir Abdulmejid Efendi was elected Caliph, becoming the new head of the Imperial House of Osman as Abdulmejid II before the Caliphate was abolished by the Turkish Grand National Assembly in 1924.

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Mehmed died on 16 May 1926 in Sanremo, Italy, and was buried at the Tekkiye Mosque of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in Damascus. [5]


Sultan Mehmed VI married five times:


  1. Freely, John, Inside the Seraglio, 1999, Chapter 16: The Year of Three Sultans.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Harun Açba (2007). Kadın efendiler: 1839-1924. Profil. ISBN   978-9-759-96109-1.
  3. Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911), The Encyclopædia Britannica, 7 (3), Constantinople, the capital of the Turkish Empire.
  4. Britannica, Istanbul:When the Republic of Turkey was founded in 1923, the capital was moved to Ankara, and Constantinople was officially renamed Istanbul in 1930.
  5. Freely, John, Inside the Seraglio, published 1999, Chapter 19: The Gathering Place of the Jinns

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Mehmed VI
Born: 14 January 1861 Died: 16 May 1926
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Mehmed V
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
3 July 1918 – 1 November 1922
Sultanate abolished
Succeeded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
as President of Turkey
Sunni Islam titles
Preceded by
Mehmed V
Caliph of the Ottoman Caliphate
3 July 1918 – 19 November 1922
Succeeded by
Abdulmejid II
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Sultanate abolished
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
1 November 1922 – 19 November 1922
Abdulmejid II

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