Daughter of Sultan Mehmet II
Gevrehan was the only daughter of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II. She was probably born sometime after 1450.
In 1453, her father conquered the city of Constantinople and renamed it Istanbul. In the newly named city, he started many colleges and universities. Education and justice were very important to the sultan. He also allowed other religions, such as Christianity, in his empire.
Gevrehan had four older brothers. Her brother, Bayezid, became the sultan when their father died in 1481. It is likely that Gevrehan and her family lived in the Eski Saray Palace that once stood in Istanbul. Gevrehan would have lived with the other women in the Harem.
She lived during an exciting time. There was much trade and business in the city of Istanbul. The Ayasofya (or Hagia Sophia), formerly a Christian place of worship, was transformed into a mosque. Her father was very tolerant of other religious practices and allowed Christians to continue their worship. Great changes were occurring in Istanbul during the time that Gevrehan was growing up.
A Maiden of Islam
Islam is a religion based on the teachings of the prophet
Muhammed, who lived in the 7th century. Islam means
"submission," and Muslims submit or give themselves to
God. Muslims refer to God as Allah. Islam is a religion of
peace and Muslims are to be generous and care for others
Today, in the religion of Islam, women can choose to wear
a head covering to show their devotion to Allah. Gevrehan
would have worn a head covering, too.
Muslims are called to pray five times each day. Fajr is the
prayer before sunrise. The daytime prayer, zuhr, happens
around noon. Next is asr, which is the afternoon prayer.
Maghrib is said before sunset and isha is said at night.