Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Letters from Mirza Hasan Shaykh al-Islam to Munshi Bashi

Letters from Mirza Hasan Shaykh al-Islam to Munshi Bashi

Letters include the following: Mirza Hasan Shaykh al-Islam writes to Mirza Hasan Khan Munshi Bashi about a trip to Tunikabun; about the division of a shipment of lettuce among family members; about the government’s seizure of the properties of Qamar Khanum, daughter of Sa‘d al-Saltanah; Mirza Hasan instructs Munshi Bashi to give 700 tumans to Rafʻat al-Saltanah Mulkara, wife of his deceased father, Mirza Masʻud Shaykh al-Islam, to settle a family inheritance dispute; about the state of affairs since the constitutional revolution, and the efforts of his wife, Rukhsarah Khanum, to get him to stop smoking opium; about purchasing household provisions, including grapes, watermelons, nuts, whey, bedding, lanterns and ice boxes; Mirza Hasan writes to Munshi Bashi to ask Sayyid Jamal al-Din Mujtahid to pray for his sick daughter, ʻIshrat Khanum; about the illness of his daughter, ʻIshrat Khanum, and his correspondence with Nizam al-Muluk, Majd al-Muluk, and Nizam al-Dawlah. The letter also includes a petition to Mirza Hasan Shaykh al-Islam requesting money for a wedding; Mirza Hasan writes to Munshi Bashi about wedding arrangements for his daughter, ʻAziz al-Muluk; Mirza Hasan asks Munshi Bashi to buy clothing for Asiyah Khanum and her servants. In another letter Mirza Hasan gives his consent to the marriage of Taj Khanum, an older unmarried female cousin, and writes about a dispute among servants; Mirza Hasan writes to Munshi Bashi about various properties and instructs him to purchase 105 British pounds for ʻIshrat al-Muluk Khanum, pay his newspaper subscriptions, and send him stationery and Shirazi tobacco; Mirza Hasan writes to Munshi Bashi about the dismissal of ʻIshrat Khanum’s nanny and pregnancy of ʻAziz al-Muluk; Mirza Hasan writes to Munshi Bashi about some properties and a transaction involving Qamar Khanum, daughter of Sa‘d al-Saltanah.