Real History of All Characters in Payitaht Abdulhamid Season
Sultan Abdulhamid II was the last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire as being named Payitaht Abdulhamid, “Payitaht” means “The Last Emperor”. Through his unending efforts, he prolonged the demise of the Ottoman Empire. He continuously encouraged his people not to lose enthusiasm. His efforts for the Muslim World will never be forgotten as a series named “Payitaht Abdulhamid” has been made, especially on the last 10 years of his struggle, to pay tribute to the great sultan, convey a message to the modern generation and to memorize that era of continuous struggle.
Some other series like Dirilis Ertugrul, Mehmetcik Kut-ul-Amare, and Yunus Emre are also on-air with the purpose to enlighten the true Islamic history. Like all these, Payitaht Abdulhamid Season is also being watched in the whole World. Nowadays, its fourth season is live. Most of the characters’ names in these series are true according to history which are excellently played by famous stars of the Turkish Film Industry. We are going to tell you about the true history of these characters which we have collected from different books and sites.
Sultan Abdulhamid II
Sultan Abdulhamid II is the main role which is being played by Bulent Inal. Abdulhamid II was the last Sultan and last Caliph of the Ottoman Empire. Throughout his reign of 30 years, he tried to safeguard the empire from both external and internal threats. He had to overcome a lot of rebellions as we have discussed earlier in the article about Theodor Herzl. He survived a lot of assassination attempts as one of them held when he was coming out of the Hamidiye Mosque.
Even in the last years, he continuously tried to industrialize and modernize the Ottoman Empire while retaining the cultural and Islamic moral values. Hejaz Railway was his major project about which he dreamed of joining Constantinople, Damascus in Syria, and the Holy cities of Mecca and Medina. But because of the interruption of World War I, it finished in Medina. The completed length of the track was 1300 kms (810 mi) from Damascus to Medina. He was a devout Muslim as well as a dedicated and brilliant politician being admired by the great names of that era. If he had lived some more years in power then the condition of the Muslims would be much different.Click here to know more about the great Sultan
As Payitaht Abdulhamid Season is concentrated on the last 10 years of his reign, Bidar Kadin was the fourth wife of Sultan Abdulhamid II. She was the princess of the Kabardian family as her father was Prince Ibrahim Bey and the mother Sahika Iffet was a Georgian. Both of his brothers, Hussein pasha and Mehmed Ziya Pasha served Abdulhamid. She married Abdulhamid before his accession to the throne. She gave birth to two children, Naime Sultan and Prince Mehmed Abdulkadir. She died in 1918 CE a month before the death of Sultan Abdulhamid. Her character is being portrayed by Özlem Conker.
The second wife who is being portrayed by Zeynep Özder was Pasend Hanim. Her full name was Princess Fatma Kadriye Achba. She was the eleventh wife of Sultan Abdulhamid II. She was also the Princess of Abkhazian family Anchabadze. Prince Ahmed Semi Bey was her father. Her father served Sultan Abdulaziz’s son Prince Yusuf Izzeddin and also Sultan Abdulhamid’s eldest son Prince Mehmed Selim. Sultan Abdulhamid married her in 1896 CE after meeting her in Yildiz Palace. She only gave birth to Hatice Sultan who died just after 8 months. This incident became the reason behind the construction of children’s hospital, “Hamidiye Etfal Hastahane-i Âlisi” in 1899 CE. She died in 1924 CE.
In Payitaht Abdulhamid Season, Seniha Sultan is being portrayed by Selen Öztürk. Seniha Sultan was the sister of Sultan Abdulhamid II. She was the daughter of Sultan Abdulmejid I and Nalandil Henim. Both of them died when she was a child. In February 1875 CE, she was engaged to her cousin Mahmud Celaleddin Pasha, by Sultan Abdulhamid II. Their marriage was delayed because of the death of her sister Behice Sultan. She was married to Mahmud Pasha on 7th December 1875 CE. Both of them gave birth to two children, Prince Sabahaddin and Pince Ahmed Lutfullah Bey.
In spite of the critics of her husband, she loved and supported her brother, Sultan Abdulhamid II, a lot. His husband together with his sons fled to Europe in 1899 CE and then he died in 1903 CE in Belgium. After the establishment of New Turkey and dissolving of the Ottoman Empire, Seniha was the oldest living Princess of the Ottoman Empire. She died on 15th September 1931 CE in France. She was buried in Selimiye Mosque, Damascus.
Naime Sultan was the loving daughter of Sultan Abdulhamid II and Bidar Kadin. She was born in Constantinople on 4th August 1876 CE. Naime was the third daughter of Sultan Abdulhamid. Prince Mehmed Abdulkadir was her younger brother. As Abdulhamid II became Sultan, the family moved to Dolmabahce Palace. Later they moved to Yildiz Palace. In 1898 CE, Sultan Abdulhamid II arranged her marriage with Mehmed Kemaleddin Bey who was the son of Ghazi Osman Pasha. She was dressed in white in contrast with the previous fashion of red because of which she was criticized by some conservative persons. Both of them gave birth to two children, Prince Mehmed Cahid Bey, and Princess Adile Hanimsultan.
Later she had to ask divorce from her husband because of a scandal between Hatice Sultan, daughter of Murad V, and Kemaleddin Pasha. After divorce, Kemaleddin was exiled to Bursa. Murad V, after hearing about this affair, died of shock and distress after a short time. In 1907 CE, Naime was married to Iskodrali Pasha which was a happy marriage. After the exile of the imperial family in 1924 CE, they moved to France and also in Italy for a short time. Then they moved to Albania. Both of them died with the difference of one year in 1944 & 1945 CE. In Payitaht Abdulhamid Season Duygu Gurcan is playing the role of Naime Sultan.
In Payitaht Abdulhamid Season, Fahime is being portrayed by Elif Ozkul. She was the daughter of Sultan Murad V. She was born on 2nd August 1875 CE in Dolmabahce Palace. Meyliservet Kadin was her mother. Sultan Murad V took the throne on 30th May 1876 CE but deposed just after three months because of mental instability and moved to confinement along with his family on 30th August 1876 CE. After that Sultan Abdulhamid II treated her like his own daughter. When her sister Hatice Sultan openly longed for a husband, then Murad V asked Abdulhamid and he considered his obligation to find a good match for both of them.
In 1901 CE, Abdulhamid managed to marry her with Ali Galib Pasha. Fahime and Naime Sultan were active members of the intelligence organization “Mim Mim”. Both of them were a valuable source of information. In 1924 CE, after the exile of the imperial family, she moved to France and died in 1929 CE. She was buried in Damascus.
Hatice is being portrayed by Gözde Kaya. Hatice Sultan was the eldest daughter of Sultan Murad V and Sayan Kadin. She was born on 5th April 1870 CE in her father’s villa. On 30th May 1876 CE, when Murad V took the throne, they came to Dolambahce Palace. But because of the mental instability, Murad V was deposed on 30th August 1876 CE and moved to confinement along with his family. Abdulhamid also treated her like his own daughter. Hatice Sultan was straight forward in nature as she openly wished for a husband. Abdulhamid II while knowing this, took the responsibility to find husband for both Fahime and Hatice.
In 1901 CE, Abdulhamid managed to marry her with Ali Vasif Pasha in Yildiz Palace. In 1902 CE, they gave birth to Ayse Hanimsultan. Later she indulged in a scandal with the husband of Naime Sultan, Kemaleddin Pasha. As a result, Naime got divorced from Kemaleddin and he was exiled. Later, Abdulhamid forgave Hatice and brought her back to Yildiz Palace. In 1909 CE, her second marriage took place with Heyreddin Bey. They gave birth to three children, Prince Osman Bey, Prince Hayri Bey, and Selma Hanimsultan. But this marriage also ended with a divorce during World War I in 1918 CE. In 1924 CE, after the establishment of New Turkey, she moved to Lebanon and died in 1938 CE. She was also buried in Selimiye Mosque, Damascus.
Prince Mehmed Abdulkadir
The first son whose character is being portrayed by Can Sipahi in Payitaht Abdulhamid Season was Prince Mehmed Abdulkadir. He was the son of Sultan Abdulhamid and Bidar Kadin Hatun. After completing his education, he was appointed Colonel of the Imperial Guards of the Ottoman Army. When the Ottoman Empire dissolved in 1924 CE, he went to Budapest, Hungary and then to Sofia, Bulgaria where he died and buried there in 1944 CE.
Prince Mehmed Sabahaddin
The character of Prince Mehmed Sabahaddin is played by Kaan Turgut. Sabahaddin was the son of Mahmud Pasha who was brother in law of Sultan Abdulhamid II. Seniha Sultan, sister of Abdulhamid, was his mother. Because of which he was also a member of the Ottoman Dynasty. But he was a traitor and cunning just like his father. He was against the absolute power of the Ottoman Empire. He continuously manipulated Prince Mehmed Abdulkadir. Sabahaddin along with his family had to flee to London and from where they were also reported to move somewhere else. He also founded a Liberty Party which was banned two times.
He also supported the Armenian Crisis and the Rothschild in order to put Abdulhamid II in troubled waters. But in spite of all these efforts, he had to face defeat. After the establishment of New Turkey, he was expelled from the country. John G. Bennett has written in the book about the autobiography of Sabahaddin that he was much frustrated and disappointed. He had now become an alcoholic and died in server poverty in 1948 CE.
Hasan Tahsin Pasha
Hasan Tahsin Pasha was an Ottoman military officer having the rank of Luitenent General. He was born in a small village in Albania in 1845 CE. After completing his graduation, he started serving as a gendarme ca. in Katerini, Greece. After that, he joined the Ottoman Army as NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer). Soon, he achieved commission with his devout services.
In the Greco-Turkish war 1897 CE, he was the commander of the Trabzon Division. In 1900 CE, he was appointed as the Garrison Commander of Thessaloniki. He also served as the Governor of Yemen for 2 years. In 1910 CE, he was appointed as Ferik (Luitenent General) of the Corps till its retirement in 1912 CE. He also had to face captivity under the Greeks in the Battle of Sarantaporo. Later he died in 1918 CE. In Payitaht Abdulhamid Season his character is played by Bahadır Yenişehirlioğlu.
Ahmed Celaleddin Pasha
Ahmed Pasha was an Ottoman Politician, Soldier, and Chief of Intelligence Officer during Abdulhamid’s reign. He was one of the most trustworthy persons of the Sultan. He monitored and prevented the activities of Young Turks. Being the Serhafiye (Cheif of Intelligence, Turkish), he was the head of spies. Later he went into opposition and supported the Young Turks financially. He betrayed Sultan and even tried to assassinate him. In the series, Payitaht Abdulhamid, Ahmed Pasha is being portrayed by Cem Ucan.
Mahmud Celaleddin Pasha
Hakan Boyav is playing the role of Mahmud Pasha in Payitaht Abdulhamid Season. Mahmud Pasha was the husband of Abdulhamid’s sister Seniha Sultan. When he was only two years, his father died. After completing his education, he was appointed in the Ottoman Parliament to get the state experience on 5th December 1876 CE. He was given the rank of Grand Vizier on 14th April 1877 CE and also the title “Pasha”. In spite of all these favors of Sultan Abdulhamid II, he was greedy and treacherous. When the dream project of Hejaz Railway was awarded to a German company, he opposed this decision and even tried to sabotage the project. He was also involved in a lot of assassination attempts against Sultan Abdulhamid II.
He was one of the main antagonists of the Abdulhamid’s reign. In the TV series, he is shown to become a trustworthy Pasha because of helping Sultan Abdulhamid II in finding the killer of his uncle. But in 1899 CE, he fled to Europe along with his son, Prince Sabahaddin and Lutfullah. He also had to exile from there and died in 1903 CE in Belgium.
Halil Halid Bey
Halil Halid Bey was one of the most trustworthy and most valuable persons of Sultan Abdulhamid II. He was among the last intellectuals of the Ottoman Empire. His father died when he was a child. After completing graduation he came to Ankara with his uncle Mehmed Tevfik Efendi and joined a Madrassah on the request of his uncle. Later he was appointed in the Ottoman Embassy. He submitted a report regarding England’s goals and their determination about the region on 7th March 1898 CE. Thus he was considered as the most trustworthy spy of Sultan Abdulhamid II. He completed a lot of campaigns with a small group being provided by the Sultan.
It is noteworthy that he was against Sultan Abdulhamid II for some time which is not being shown in the series. But later after seeing the betrayal of the young Turks he took the Sultan’s side. He defended the existence and the laws of Turkish people through his articles and books which even were translated in many other languages. As he was also teaching in England, he criticized England’s policies regarding the Ottoman Empire. He also reprehended England for invading Egypt and taking over Bosnia through his articles. Gürkan Uygun is portraying Halil Halid Bey in Payitaht Abdulhamid Season.
Saygın Soysal is portraying Theodor Herzl. He was the main villain in Sultan Abdulhamid II’s reign. He is also shown to be the main antagonist of the series. Theodor Herzl was a Zionist and thus he is also called the Founder of Modern Zionism. He continuously disturbed Abdulhamid to accept his proposal of paying the debt of the Ottoman Empire in return of Palestine as a Jewish Land. He wanted to have a separate homeland for the Jews and in this regard he also provided two more plans as one of them was Uganda Plan. But instead of working on that plan, they also supported Theodor in pushing Sultan Abdulhamid to give Palestine. He not only published fake news while using the Armenian Crisis but also played the main role in many assassination attempts against Sultan. But every time he had to face defeat and he died even before the rejection of the Uganda Plan. But yet he is called the Father of Israel. Click here to know more about him.
His character is being portrayed by Ali Nuri Turkoglu. Karasu was born in 1862 CE in Salonica (present-day Thessaloniki, Greece). He was a lawyer by profession and a well-known of Young Turks. He continuously supported the movements and societies that were sympathizing Young Turks. He became the Deputy of Salonica when the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP) came into power. He was one of those three persons who informed Sultan Abdulhamid II about his deposition. He also supported various Jewish organizations by saying that the Jews are Turks first and Jews second. In the series, he has also been shown planning to overthrow the Ottoman Empire. When the Ottoman Empire dissolved in 1024 CE, he was also exiled to Italy. He died in 1934 CE.
Alexander Israil Parvus
Alexander was born in 1867 CE Berazino, Belarus. He was an activist in the Social Democratic Party of Germany. When he came to Istanbul, he started a business of arms trading which profited him a lot during the Balkan War. There he also started supporting Young Turks and other movements which were against Sultan Abdulhamid II, financial and morally. He was one of those who admired the Zionism. He died in 1924 CE in Berlin, Germany. His character is being portrayed by Kevork Malikyan. He is also shown as the main antagonist of the series.
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