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Coat of arms of the Ottoman Empire
Claimants to the
Ottoman throne since 1922

Mehmed VI (1922)
Abdülmecid II (1922–1944)
Ahmed Nihad (1944–1954)
Osman Fuad (1954–1973)
Mehmed Abdulaziz (1973–1977)
Ali Vâsib (1977–1983)
Mehmed Orhan (1983–1994)
Ertuğrul Osman (1994–2009)
Bayezid Osman (2009–present)
Dündar Aliosman (current heir)

See also Ottoman dynasty

Othman Fuad Efendi (24 February/26 September 1895 - 19/22 May 1973) was the 39th head of the Ottoman dynasty from 1954 to 1973. If reigning, he would have been Sultan Osman (Othman) IV.


He was born at either Çırağan Palace or Ortaköy Palace, Ortaköy, both in Istanbul. He was the son of Prince Mehmed Selaheddin and his Armenian fifth wife Jalefer Hanım, and paternal grandson of Murad V by his first wife.

He died in Nice and was buried at Bobigny Cemetery, in Paris.


He married his cousin Kerime Halim Hanım on 26 March 1920 at Fariya Palace, Beşiktaş, Istanbul. She was the daughter of Prince Muhammed Abbas Halim Pasha and Hadice Hanım and maternal granddaughter of Muhammed Tewfik Pasha and Princess Emine Ibrahim. They had no children and divorced in 1932.


Osman Fuad
Born: 24 February 1895 Died: 19 May 1973
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Ahmed Nihad
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
June 4, 1954 – May 19, 1973
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1922
Succeeded by
Mehmed Abdulaziz
Caliph of Islam
June 4, 1954 – May 19, 1973
Reason for succession failure:
Caliphate abolished in 1924


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