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Sultan Ibrahim

Sultan Ibrahim

(1615-1648) Ottoman sultan 1640-1648.
Ibrahim was a relatively weak leader. He was interested in governing the empire and extending and securing its borders, but he had an unstable character and he lead a life of excess. He was also strongly influenced by the women of his harem and his viziers.
In order to support his luxurious life style, he imposed heavy taxes, which lead to discontent among both the average person and the elite in the society. This was the main reason why an unusual union between the Janissaries and the ulama had him removed from power, and executed.

1615 November 4: Born in Istanbul.
1640: Ibrahim becomes sultan.
1642: Peace treaties are signed with Austria and Persia.
— The Sea of Azov (north of the Black Sea) is taken back from the Cossacks.
1644: Ibrahim has his grand vizier, Kemankes Kara Mustafa, executed.
— An expedition is sent to Crete.
1645: Provoked by the Ottoman aggression towards Crete, Venice enters into war with the Ottomans. This war would last for 25 years.
1648 August 8: Ibrahim is deposed by an uprising of the Janissaries and the ulama.
August 18: He is executed by the insurgents.

By Tore Kjeilen