Nevzad Hanım

Nevzad Hanım
Born Nimet Bargu
2 March 1902
Hüseyin Bey Mansion, Vişnezade, Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Died 23 June 1992(1992-06-23) (aged 90)
Göksu, Istanbul, Turkey
    (m. 1921; died 1926)
      Zeki Seferoğlu
      (m. 1928)
      Turkish: Nimet Nevzad Hanım[1]
      Ottoman Turkish: نمت نوزاد خانم
      House Bargu (by birth)
      Ottoman (by marriage)
      Father Şaban Efendi
      Mother Hatice Hanım
      Religion Sunni Islam

      Nevzad Hanım (Turkish: Nimet Nevzad Hanım; Ottoman Turkish: نمت نوزاد خانم; born Nimet Bargu; 2 March 1902 – 23 June 1992) was the fifth wife of Sultan Mehmed VI of the Ottoman Empire.[2]

      Early life

      Nevzad Hanım was born on 2 March 1902 in Istanbul.[2] Born as Nimet, she was the daughter of Şaban Efendi, a palace gardener,[3] and her his wife Hatice Hanım. She had a sister, Nesrin Hanım,[4] two years younger than her,[5] and a brother, Salih Bey.[4] Hüseyin Bey, who was the husband of her paternal aunt, presented Nimet and her sister Nesrin in the imperial harem, where according to the custom of the Ottoman court her name was changed to Nevzad.[6] She was then sent to the harem of Şehzade Mehmed Ziyaeddin,[5] where she served in the entourage of Safiye Ünüvar's student princesses and had taken the same classes and training as they. After Mehmed's accession to the throne in 1918, she became one of the kalfas and went over to his palace.[7][8]

      First marriage

      Mansion of Nevzad Hanım located at the Yıldız Palace

      Nevzad married on 1 September 1921[2][9] in the Yıldız Palace. She was given the title of "Second Ikbal".[10][11] Mehmed was sixty-one while Nevzad was nineteen years old.[12] The act of marrying her exacerbated the already frosty, and resentful relations between the children of Sultan Reşad, and Mehmed's own family. Furthermore, Mehmed was so smitten by his new wife as to be causing gossip in the capital due to his refusal to leave the harem and so part from her company.[13]

      Nevzad remained childless. She had a villa on the grounds of the Yıldız Palace.[14] Her sister Nesrin, who had been renamed Sadiru, became senior lady-in-waiting to her.[8] When Mehmed was deposed in 1922, she and other members of his family were imprisoned in the Feriye Palace.[15] When the imperial family went to exile in March 1924, she stayed at Istanbul.[16] On Mehmed's persisted requests, she and her sister Nesrin joined the deposed Sultan in San Remo, in May 1924.[1][2][16]

      Nevzad was with Mehmed at the time of his death on 15 May 1926.[17][18] Sami Bey, son of the sultan's sister Mediha Sultan confronted Nevzad, and attracted attention to the possibility of his uncle's having been murdered. Sami Bey, doubted that Nevzad was involved in his death. He interrogated her, and then sealed her personal property after the sultan's cupboards.[19] Soon after Mehmed's death, Nevzad returned to Istanbul with her sister.[20]

      Second marriage

      In 1928 she married captain Ziya Bey Seferoğlu,[1][21] and took the name Nimet Seferoğlu.[21] With him, she had two children.[21]


      In 1937, Nevzad published her memoirs under the title Yıldız'dan San Remo'ya.[22] The memoirs were published in Tan newspaper, and noteworthy information about Sultan Mehmed VI is gained. However, serious discussions were made about the memories' reliability at that period.[23]


      Nevzad Hanım died at the age of ninety, on 23 June 1992 in her mansion in Göksu, Istanbul.[24]


      See also


      1. ^ a b c Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 708.
      2. ^ a b c d Uluçay 2011, p. 264.
      3. ^ Açba 2004, pp. 123, 125.
      4. ^ a b Açba 2004, p. 123.
      5. ^ a b Açba 2004, p. 126.
      6. ^ Açba 2004, pp. 125–126.
      7. ^ Brookes 2010, p. 269.
      8. ^ a b Açba 2004, p. 127.
      9. ^ Sakaoğlu 2008, p. 707.
      10. ^ Açba 2004, p. 124.
      11. ^ Aredba, Rumeysa; Açba, Edadil (2009). Sultan Vahdeddin'in San Remo Günleri. Timaş Yayınları. p. 28. ISBN 978-9-752-63955-3.
      12. ^ Brookes 2010, p. 269 n. 65.
      13. ^ Brookes 2010, p. 269 n. 67.
      14. ^ Brookes 2010, p. 270.
      15. ^ Brookes 2010, p. 271.
      16. ^ a b Açba 2004, p. 198.
      17. ^ Bardakçı, Murat (2017). Neslishah: The Last Ottoman Princess. Oxford University Press. pp. 85–86. ISBN 978-9-774-16837-6.
      18. ^ Yanatma 2007, pp. 89–90.
      19. ^ Yanatma 2007, p. 91.
      20. ^ Açba 2004, p. 180 n. 9.
      21. ^ a b c Günay Günaydın (2006). Haremin son gülleri. Mevsimsiz Yayınları. p. 134. ISBN 978-9944-987-03-5.
      22. ^ Brookes 2010, p. 286.
      23. ^ Yanatma 2007, p. 86 n. 199.
      24. ^ Açba 2004, p. 194.
      25. ^ Açba 2004, p. 125.


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