Suleiman

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Suleiman I (6 November 1494 – 6 September 1566), commonly known as Suleiman the Magnificent in the West and "Kanuni" (the Lawgiver) in his realm, was the tenth and longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1520 to his death in 1566. Under his administration, the Ottoman state ruled over 15 to 25 million people.

Poetry[edit]

  • The people think of wealth and power as the greatest fate,
    But in this world a spell of health is the best state.
    What men call sovereignty is a worldly strife and constant war;
    Worship of God is the highest throne, the happiest of all estates.
    • Mansel, Philip, Constantinople: city of the world's desire 1453-1924 (1995), p. 84
  • The green of my garden, my sweet sugar, my treasure, my love who cares for nothing in this world.
    My master of Egypt, my Joseph, my everything, the queen of my heart's realm.
    My Stanbul, my Karaman, my land of the Roman Caesers,
    My Badahshan, my Kipcak, my Baghdad, and Khorasan.
    O my love of black hair with bow-like eyebrows, with langourous perfidius eyes.
    If I die you are my killer, O merciless, infidel woman.
    • Mansel, Philip, Constantinople: city of the world's desire 1453-1924 (1995), p. 84
    • Written to his wife - see the article Hurrem for another translation of this verse.

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