Author(s): Ay?e PUL

There were no specific law about succession to the throne at Ottoman Empire and there settled this tradition: the candidate whom take full support of statesmen and army becomes the new sultan. This tradition, naturally led to the stuggles and wars between candidates and endangered the state. One of the most interesting struggles within those struggles was becoming sultan process of Selim I’s. Along this process Selim put forward enormous strategies beside military action. The focus of his strategic actions was assigning his son Suleyman as the governor of Kefe Sandjak. There are a lot of reasons about this assignment. In this research we will try to explain those reasons, Selim’s throne struggle process and the role of Kefe in this process under the light of contemporary historians writings and modern researches.


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