Payitaht Sultan Abdulhamid (Urdu dubbing by PTV) | Season 1 | Episode 1
The Heroic Story of Sultan Abdul Hamid II: Fighting to Keep the Ottoman Empire and Caliphate Alive
Sultan Abdul Hamid II is a name that is widely recognized in Turkey and abroad, particularly in Pakistan and Azerbaijan. The show created by Osman Bodur (2017-2021) highlights the great heroic story of Sultan Abdul Hamid II and his fight to keep the Ottoman Empire and Caliphate alive. Despite its popularity, the series has been banned in Arab countries, and Fatawa has been issued against it.
The Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Imran Khan, praised the show and recommended people to watch it. As of now, the series is officially broadcasting on PTV in Urdu dubbing.
Background of Sultan Abdul Hamid II
Sultan Abdul Hamid II was the son of Sultan Abdülmecid I. He came to the throne at the deposition of his mentally deranged brother, Murad V, on August 31, 1876. During this time, the Turks’ suppression of the Bulgarian uprising in May 1876 and Ottoman successes in Serbia and Montenegro had aroused the indignation of Western powers and Russia.
Promulgating the First Ottoman Constitution
Sultan Abdul Hamid II promulgated the first Ottoman constitution on December 23, 1876. His primary goal was to ward off foreign intervention at a time when the empire was facing numerous challenges. He believed that the constitution would prevent the Western powers and Russia from interfering in Ottoman affairs.
Dismissal of Parliament
After a disastrous war with Russia in 1877, Sultan Abdul Hamid II was convinced that little help could be expected from the Western powers without their intrusion into Ottoman affairs. As a result, he dismissed the Parliament, which had met in March 1877.
Legacy of Sultan Abdul Hamid II
Sultan Abdul Hamid II’s legacy has been the subject of much debate. Some view him as a strong and capable leader who fought to preserve the Ottoman Empire and Caliphate. Others view him as a tyrant who ruled with an iron fist and whose actions contributed to the decline of the empire.
Regardless of one’s views on Sultan Abdul Hamid II, it is undeniable that he was a significant figure in Ottoman history. His fight to keep the empire and Caliphate alive is an inspiring story that continues to capture the imaginations of people around the world. The show created by Osman Bodur (2017-2021) serves as a reminder of his legacy and the impact he had on the Ottoman Empire.