Kösem Sultan

1590 - 1651

Kösem Sultan

Kösem Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: كوسم سلطان‎, IPA: [cœˈsæm suɫˈtan]) (c. 1589 – 2 September 1651) – also known as Mahpeyker Sultan (Turkish pronunciation: [mahpejˈkæɾ suɫˈtan]; from the Persian compound ماه پيكر Māh-peyker meaning "moon framed") – was one of the most powerful women in Ottoman history. Kösem Sultan achieved power and influenced the politics of the Ottoman Empire when she became haseki sultan as favourite consort of Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I (r. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kösem Sultan has received more than 2,859,762 page views. Her biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 124th most popular politician.

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Among politicians, Kösem Sultan ranks 123 out of 14,801Before her are Angela Merkel, Vespasian, Pol Pot, Kim Jong-il, Amenhotep III, and Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor. After her are Uthman, Abdul Hamid II, Akbar, Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden.

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Among people born in 1590, Kösem Sultan ranks 2Before her is Ahmed I. After her are Pope Clement X, Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Mahfiruz Hatun, Simon Vouet, Gioachino Greco, Charles of Austria, Bishop of Wroclaw, Jacob van Eyck, Urbain Grandier, and Théophile de Viau. Among people deceased in 1651, Kösem Sultan ranks 1After her are Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria, Lennart Torstensson, Tokugawa Iemitsu, Abraham Bloemaert, Jeremi Wiśniowiecki, Tugay Bey, Virginia Centurione Bracelli, Ngawang Namgyal, and Henry Ireton.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Kösem Sultan ranks 20 out of 698Before her are Philip II of Macedon (-382), Aristophanes (-448), Democritus (-460), Plutarch (46), Thucydides (-460), and Sappho (-630). After her are Bayezid II (1447), Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921), Phidias (-490), Themistocles (-524), Xenophon (-430), and Hayreddin Barbarossa (1478).


Among politicians born in Greece, Kösem Sultan ranks 4Before her are Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881), Pericles (-494), and Philip II of Macedon (-382). After her are Bayezid II (1447), Demosthenes (-384), Leonidas I (-540), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Cleisthenes (-565), Alcibiades (-450), Solon (-638), and Xanthippe (-500).

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