Selim I

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Selim I, sitting down.

Selim the 1st, also known as Selim The Grim, was the 9th Sultan and 1st caliph of the Ottoman Empire. He is known for his takeover of the Mamluk Sultanate, which made him caliph, and also for being the father of Suleiman the Magnificent. He ruled between 1512 and 1520.

Early life of Selim[change | change source]

Selim was born on October 20th, 1470 as the youngest son of Bayezid II. Most historians believed that Ayşe Hatun was his wife.[weasel words]

Selim's run to the throne[change | change source]

Selim killed his 7 brothers and their 5 sons in order to reach the throne. He left his son Suleiman as the only heir.

Sultan and wars[change | change source]

Selim’s ambitions circled through Europe and Asia. Bayezid had left the Europeans relatively quiet, so the new king first turned to the east and picked the Safavids of Iran as his first victims.[1] The relationship between the Ottomans and the Mamluks was hostile. Both states fought for control of the spice trade, and Selim dreamed to eventually take control of the Holy Cities of Islam.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ottoman Empire - Selim I | Britannica". www.britannica.com. Retrieved 2022-03-07.