History of Ottoman Empire

Who Was Halima Sultan / Wife Of Ertugrul Ghazi?

Who Was Halima Sultan?

Halime Hatun was the wife of brave warrior Ertugrul Bey and mother of Osman 1 in the 13th century. According to some Ottoman legends, their actual origins are not known. Halime Hatun is variously referred to as ‘Hayme Ana’ and ‘Khaimah’. Although, Hayme Ana was the traditional name of Ertugrul’s mother.

Ertugrul Ghazi Bey’s first and only wife was Halima Hatun. She was a strong woman who was a true matriarch in the tribe and an important figure in life of Ertugrul Ghazi’s history. According to historians, Halima Hatun was the daughter of Melik Izeddin, the ruler of Selijuk.

Halime Sultan grew up in her uncle Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat’s palace. Born to Şehzade Numan, she spent several years with her father and brother in exile, fleeing from traitors and tyrants. When she was captured by the Templar knight Bisol, she and her family were saved by Ertuğrul, after Halime’s father called for help when Ertuğrul was hunting a gazelle.

There is no clear evidence found that she is the mother of Osman 1. According to many historians, she was a Seljuk Princess and married with warrior Ertuğrul and gave birth to three sons: Gündüz Alp (1229), Savcı Bey (1233), Osman I (1259).

Historian Heath W. Lowry, among other Ottoman scholars, states that Osman I’s mother is unknown. The burial place of Halime Hatun, which was added in the late 19th century by Sultan Abdul Hamid II, is located in the garden of the Ertuğrul Gazi’s grave in Söğüt, present-day Turkey. According to historian Cemal Kafadar, the 19th century “recovery” and “rebuilding” of this tomb by the Sultan, with the name added later, was politically motivated. Additionally, according to author Turgut Güler, “Hayme Ana”, buried in Domanic, was most likely the wife of Ertuğrul.

Halime is portrayed as a loyal woman, who is ready to do anything for Ertuğrul and is a great, loving mother for her children. She is also a skilled fighter along with an intelligent and respected Hanım. Her official description on the TRT 1 website says: “The daughter of a fugitive Turkmen prince, Halime can overcome any problem thanks to her patience and intelligence.

Burial Place:

The burial place of Halime Hatun is located in the garden of the Ertugrul Gazi grave in Sogut Turkey. Which was added in the late 19th century by Sultan Abdul Hamid II? In 1358, a tomb was built for a Halime Hatun in Gevaş. It is believed that she was the daughter of Seljuk ruler Melik Izeddin of Karakoyunlu dynasty. According to one historian, Turgut Guler Halime Hatun was buried in Domanic.

Death Of Halima Sultan:

She was died in Sogut in 1281 at the age of 87.

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