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PostSubject: Mehmet V "A Foolish and unfortunate Sultan?"   Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:24 pm


Mehmed V




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Mehmed V lived from November 2, 1844 to July 3, 1918. He was also the 35th Ottoman Sultan. He was the son of Sultan Abdülmecid. Like many other potential heirs to the throne, he was confined for 30 years in the Harems of the palace. For nine of those years he was kept entirely alone. During this time he studied poetry of the old Persian style and was a praised poet.


His Reign:

His reign began on April 27, 1909 but he had no real political power. The actual decisions were made by various members of the Ottoman government and finally, during the First World War, by the Three Pashas: Enver Pasha, Talat Pasha, and Cemal Pasha. He only seemed to represent the state or in other words, was just a figure head.

Mehmed V's only significant political act was to formally declare jihad against the Allies on November 11, 1914. This was the last genuine proclamation of jihad in history, as the Caliphate lasted until 1924. The proclamation had no noticeable effect on the war, despite the fact that many Muslims lived in Ottoman territories. The Arabs eventually joined the British forces against the Ottomans with the Arab Revolt in 1916. Obviously referring back to alliance, he made a serious mistake siding with the Central Powers such as German Empire, Austria-Hungary, and Bulgaria. No one is sure how he made this decision. However according to conspiracy, the Three "Pashas" had joined with the Central Powers, hence showing that the Sultan had no power whatsoever. It is haraam to ally with a non-muslim state.



Nevertheless and unfortunately the alliance was set, and as this political cartoon shows at the time; the Triple Alliance were the German Kaiser Wilhelm II, Ottoman Caliph Mehmet V, and Austro-Hungarian Franz Joseph.

Mehmed V hosted Kaiser Wilhelm II, his World War I ally, in Istanbul on October 15, 1917. As oral tradition holds out: the three Pashas had either forcefully told him to invite the Kaiser, or may hold out false allegations of how the old Caliphate was corrupt.

Mehmed V died on July 3, 1918 at the age of 73, only four months before the end of World War I in surrender of the Central Powers, and hence, did not live to see the downfall of the Ottomon Empire. He spent most of his life at the Dolmabahçe Palace and Yıldız Palace in Istanbul. His grave is in the historic Eyüp district of Istanbul. He left two sons: Prince Mehmed Ziyaeddin (1873-1938) and Prince Ömer Hilmi (1888-1935).

Well this is also another person who was locked up in the Harems, however this person spent 30 years while the other sultan spent 54 years.

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PostSubject: Re: Mehmet V "A Foolish and unfortunate Sultan?"   Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:41 pm

I think that Mehmet V was a great man for reforming the land codes of 1795 which had caused a spiralling inflation crisis in Western parts of the Ottoman empire. Maybe he should have taken better care to equate the marginal cost of training more soldiers with the marginal benefit, represented by the mathematical formula: MP=G^R(1/R+U)^(1*H)
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PostSubject: Re: Mehmet V "A Foolish and unfortunate Sultan?"   Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:48 pm

What does that equation represent? Looks more like a load of camel dung to me.

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PostSubject: Re: Mehmet V "A Foolish and unfortunate Sultan?"   Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:03 pm

Assalaymulaykum,

Perhaps he was...After all most of the foolish decisions were made by the three Pashas.


Though I'm curious also...what does the mathematical formula mean?


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PostSubject: Re: Mehmet V "A Foolish and unfortunate Sultan?"   Fri Jan 25, 2008 3:24 pm

It's nothing, just jibberish. One of our members decided to be funny so he put up something from his economics class....go figure.

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PostSubject: Re: Mehmet V "A Foolish and unfortunate Sultan?"   Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:23 pm

Assalaymulaykum,

So there was no such thing as the Land codes of 1793?

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PostSubject: Re: Mehmet V "A Foolish and unfortunate Sultan?"   Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:38 pm

You both equally don't make sense! Arghh....

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