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Honored by the Glory of IslamConversion and Conquest in Ottoman Empire$
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Marc David Baer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331752

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331752.001.0001

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Inauspicious Enthronement

Inauspicious Enthronement

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Honored by the Glory of Islam

Marc David Baer (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores Mehmed IV's turbulent accession to the sultanate at the age of seven following the dethronement (and subsequent execution) of his father, Ibrahim. Nearly a week after Ibrahim was dethroned and put under house arrest, and his son Prince Mehmed became Sultan Mehmed IV, the royal family boarded a skiff at the imperial boathouse down the hill from Topkapı Palace and took a short journey up the Golden Horn to make a pilgrimage to the district of Eyüp, a fundamental part of an Ottoman sultan's enthronement. The purpose of the boy's first trip beyond the palace walls was for him to visit the city's most sacred cemetery; gird the sword of the sultanate in its most holy mosque; acquire both the charisma of a man who fought for Muhammad and that of his sultanic predecessors; ride on horseback through the city mimicking Mehmed II's triumphant path after the conquest; and, finally, to display his munificence to his subjects, who would be able to see him for the first time.

Keywords:   Mehmed IV, sultanate, Ibrahim, Eyüp, pilgrimage

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