Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Petitions and requests submitted to Mirza Hasan Shaykh al-Islam and Munshi Bashi

Petitions and requests submitted to Mirza Hasan Shaykh al-Islam and Munshi Bashi

Petitions and requests, including the following: one to Mirza Hasan Shaykh al-Islam petitioning for assistance in recovering Fatimah Sultan Khanum’s share of her father’s inheritance. Fatimah Sultan Khanum was the daughter of Haj Muhammad Baqir, the sister of Yumn al-Saltanah, and the wife of Asad Allah Sarhang. Another is a petition to Mirza Hasan Shaykh al-Islami about the division of inheritance and the reply; another is a petition to Mirza Hasan Shaykh al-Islam from the mother of a murdered man; in another, an unidentified woman asks Mirza Hasan Shaykh al-Islam to intervene in an alimony dispute involving payment in wheat, kindling and lumber; one is a petition addressed to Hasan Durudi Munshi Bashi, the estate administrator for Mirza Hasan Shaykh al-Islam, seeking assistance for a girl injured when she fell from a tree; in one, Mirza Hasan Shaykh al-Islam is asked to mediate a dispute over water rights and give the sender of the petition access to water from a storage tank; one letter requests that Mirza Hasan Shaykh al-Islam mediate a dispute over bread prices in Qazvin; in another letter, the city court of Qazvin requests assistance in mediating a dispute between a man and woman; and one contains an inquiry and testimonial records sent to Mirza Hasan Shaykh al-Islam regarding charges brought against a man who had entered a house, attempting to crawl into a woman’s bed.