SUE LITTLETON: Poems of Istanbul
SULEIMAN THE MAGNIFICENT
GOLDEN AGE OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE
SULEIMAN AND ROXELANA
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SULEIMAN THE MAGNIFICENT
Heir to the throne, Suleiman was born in 1494 and was the tenth and longest reigning Sultan of the mighty Ottoman Empire. At the tender age of seven he was sent to study science, history, literature, theology and military tactics (apparently his best subject!) in the schools of the Topkapi Palace in Constantinople. A Turkish Alexander, he conquered most of the Middle East and was checked in his advance on the Christian strongholds in 1529 at the walls of Vienna. Under his rule, the Ottoman Empire dominated the seas from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, ensuring a stranglehold on commerce that brought Europe to its knees. To his own people Sultan Suleiman was known as “The Lawgiver,” a just man of his word who collected the judgments issued by the nine preceding Sultans and issued a single legal code that consistently respected the basic tenets of Islam. Sulieman's legal code was to endure over three hundred years.
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GOLDEN AGE OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE
GOLDEN AGE OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE Suleiman became a patron of the arts, and the most talented artisans flocked to the Sultan's court, both from Islam and the conquered territories of Europe. Like his father, Sultan Selim I, he was an accomplished poet, writing both in Persian and Turkish. His soubriquet was, Muhibbi – “Lover.” and with a harem of three hundred beautiful women gathered from around the world, one does not wonder at the title. Time would prove that during the reign of Sultan Suleiman . the greatest encouragement in history was given to poetry. No wonder I feel drawn to the story of this incredible individual! A man after my own poetic heart, his memory haunts me even now, when I longer walk the spacious grounds of Topkapi. (I promise myself I will return some day...)
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Poetry endangers the established order  of the soul - Plato

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SULEIMAN AND ROXELANA
The romance between Suleiman and a golden-haired Ukrainian slave girl sent to the harem is the subject of a hundred novels and poems. As always, truth is stranger than fiction— Roxelana became the favorite, replacing the mother of Mustafa, Suleiman's son and heir. Both mother and son were banished, And later Mustafa was assassinated, some say at Roxelana's instigation so Roxelana's own son, Selim, could become the next Sultan. Until the rule of Suleiman no Ottoman Sultan had ever married (Islam provides for four wives and all the concubines a man can afford). Roxelana became Suleiman's wife rather than remaining his favorite concubine. Suleiman's poem to Roxelana (it is said he never slept with another woman after Roxelana) reads, in part, “My wealth, my love, my moonlight... the most beautiful among the beautiful, my springtime, my merry-faced love, my daytime, my sweetheart, laughing leaf... my woman of the beautiful hair, my love of the slanted brow, my love of eyes full of mischief... I'll sing of your praises forever— I, lover of the tormented heart, Muhibbi of the tear-filled eyes, I am happy.”
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SUE LITTLETON: Poems of Istanbul

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