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Principality of Aydin



Beylik of Aydın's Map during its peak(1315-1375) highlighting:
  Borders under Gazi Mehmed Bey
  Borders after conquests under Umur Bey the Lion
  Byzantine Empire territories
  Other Western Anatolian Beyliks
Black "X" showing Umur Bey's aids
Red "X" showing Umur Bey's raids
Capital Birgi, Selçuk
Languages Turkish
Religion Islam
Government Emirate
 •  Collapse of the Sultanate of Rum 1308
 •  Annexation by the Ottoman Empire 1426
Today part of  Turkey
İsa Bey Mosque in Selçuk, built by the Aydinids in 1375

The Aydinids or Aydinid dynasty (Modern Turkish: Aydınoğulları, Aydınoğulları Beyliği), also known as the Principality of Aydin and Beylik of Aydin (Aydın Beyliği ), was one of the Anatolian beyliks.


  • Name 1
  • Capital 2
  • History 3
  • Architecture 4
  • Legacy 5
  • List of Rulers 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • Bibliography 9


It is named after its founder Aydınoğlu Mehmed Bey.


Its capital was at first in Birgi, and later in Ayasluğ (present day Selçuk), was one of the frontier principalities established in the 14th century by Oghuz Turks after the decline of Sultanate of Rûm.


The Aydinids also held parts of the port of Smyrna (modern İzmir) all through their rule and all of the port city with intervals. Especially during the reign of Umur Bey, the sons of Aydın were a significant naval power of the time.[1] The naval power of Aydin played a crucial role in the Byzantine civil war of 1341–1347, where Umur allied with John VI Kantakouzenos, but also provoked a Latin response in the form of the Smyrniote crusades, that captured Smyrna from the emirate.

The Beylik was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire for the first time in 1390, and after the passage of Tamerlane in Anatolia in 1402 and the ensuing period of troubles that lasted until 1425, its territories became again part of the Ottoman realm, this time definitively.


The Beys of Aydin left important architectural works, principally in Birgi and Ayasluğ (Selçuk), their capital cities.


The city of Aydın was named after the dynasty.

List of Rulers

  1. Muharizalsîn Gazi Mehmed Bey (1308-1334)
  2. Umur Bey (1334-1348)
  3. Mehmedoğlu Hızır Bey (1348-1360)
  4. Hızıroğlu İsa Bey (1360-1390)
  • Ottoman rule (1390-1402)
  1. İsaoğlu Musa Bey (1402-1403)
  2. Musaoğlu II. Umur Bey (1403-1405)
  3. İzmiroğlu Cüneyd Bey (1405-1426)

See also


  1. ^ Hans Theunissen. Chapter V of Ottoman-Venetian diplomatics, the Ahd-Names "Venice and the Turkoman Begliks of Menteşe and Aydın" (PDF).  


  • Mélikoff, Irene (1986). "Aydi̊̊n-Og̲h̲lu". The Encyclopedia of Islam, New Edition, Volume I: A–B. Leiden and New York: BRILL.  
  • Uzunçarşılı, İsmail Hakkı (1984). Anadolu Beylikleri ve Akkoyunlu, Karakoyunlu Devletleri (in Turkish). Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu Basımevi. pp. 104–120.  
  • Zachariadou, Elisabeth A. (1983). Trade and crusade: Venetian Crete and the emirates of Menteshe and Aydin (1300-1415). Venice: Istituto Ellenico di Studi Bizantini e Post-bizantini di Venezia.  

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