22 Mayıs 2015 Cuma

Bottom-feeders Eye Fruit of Ottoman Family Tree

türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Hürriyet Newspaper, 22 May 2015)

‘Paşa torunuyuz hakkımızı isteriz’
The Pasha may want to prune this branch from his grave.

Six people claiming to be the 9th and 10th generation
descendants (!) of Ottoman Prime Minister Nevşehirli
Damat Ibrahim Pasha have filed a suit to get their fair
share (!!) from the General Directorate of Foundations.

The six want to be defined as heirs and have submitted
a photograph showing the family tree of Nevşehirli Damat
Ibrahim Pasha as evidence. If the court rules that they are
in fact descendants of the Prime Minister's family then
they will be able to lay claim to a specific portion of
the 'vakıf' (endowed trust fund).

Ahmet Erten Sümer, Rıfat Ersin Sümer, Barbaros Göz,
Evşen Ulga Özkan, Ada Özkan and Demir Özkan claim
that they are they are the 9th and 10th generation descendants
of Zehra, the daughter of Hüseyin Hilmi, who was the
grandson of Genç Mehmet Pasha, the son of Nevşehirli
Damat Ibrahim Pasha (oy vey!).

In addition, five years ago nine people, including Zarife Göz,
Necla Sümer and Süheyle Tümer, had petitioned the court to
be declared heirs of the trust fund. After a two year trial the
court ruled that the nine were 8th and 9th generation heirs of
Nevşehirli Damat Ibrahim Pasha. The objection filed by the
Istanbul Foundations Regional Directorate was rejected by
the court.

Nevşehirli Damat Ibrahim Pasha was born in 1668 and came
to Istanbul when he was 20 years old. With his intelligence
and drive, he caught the eye of Sultan Ahmed III and married
the Sultan's daughter Fatma Sultan, later becoming 'sadrazam'
or Prime Minister.

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