Inşirah Hanım

Inşirah Hanım
İnşirah II. Hanımefendi Hazretleri.JPG
Born Seniye Voçibe
(1887-07-10)10 July 1887
Maşukiye, İzmit, Ottoman Empire
Died 10 June 1930(1930-06-10) (aged 42)
Cairo, Egypt
Emir Sultan Cemetery, Istanbul
(m. 1905; div. 1909)
Turkish: Inşirah Hanım
Ottoman Turkish: انشراح خانم
House Voçibe (by birth)
Ottoman (by marriage)
Father Aziz Voçibe
Religion Sunni Islam

Inşirah Hanım (Ottoman Turkish: انشراح خانم; born Seniye Voçibe; 10 July 1887 - 10 June 1930) was the second wife of Sultan Mehmed VI of the Ottoman Empire.[1]

Early life

Inşirah Hanım was born on 10 July 1887[1] in Maşukiye, İzmit. Born as Seniye Voçibe, she was a member of Ubykh noble family, Voçibe. Her father was Aziz Bey Voçibe.[2] She had a brother named Zeki Bey (1880s – 1930s).[3]

She was taken into palace by one of her relatives.[2] Here her name according to the custom of the Ottoman court was changed to Inşirah. She then became a lady-in-waiting to Şayeste Hanım, wife of Sultan Abdulmejid I.[4]


One day, when Mehmed was in his forties, he visited his adoptive mother Şayeste Hanım at her palace. Here he saw Inşirah, then seventeen years old, and fell in love with her. He asked Şayeste to give him Inşirah in marriage.[4] The marriage took place on 8 July 1905 in the Çengelköy Palace.[1][5] She remained childless.[4] After her marriage, her brother, Zeki Bey became aide-de-camp to Mehmed.[6]

Inşirah was said to be a jealous lady. One day, she caught Mehmed in the bedroom with a servant girl named Periru. She immediately abandoned him, [7] After which he divorced her on 17 November 1909.[5][1]

Later years and death

At the exile of the imperial family in March 1924, Inşirah settled in Cairo.[8][1][5] Her brother, however, remained with Mehmed, even after her divorce, and followed him into exile.[6] She committed suicide by tossing herself in the Nile[8] on 10 June 1930.[1][5] Her family brought her body back to Istanbul and buried her in the Emir Sultan cemetery.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f Uluçay 2011, p. 263.
  2. ^ a b Açba 2004, p. 70, n. 3.
  3. ^ Bardakçı 2017, p. xvii.
  4. ^ a b c Açba 2004, p. 70.
  5. ^ a b c d Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 706.
  6. ^ a b Bardakçı 2017, p. 87.
  7. ^ Açba 2004, pp. 71–72.
  8. ^ a b c Açba 2004, p. 70 n. 3.


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