Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Letters from Shams al-Dawlah

Letters from Shams al-Dawlah

Three letters from Shams al-Dawlah [wife of Nasir al-Din Shah] including two letters to ‘Azud al-Mulk and a letter of complaint to an unidentified person regarding the arrest of her brother, ‘Ayn al-Dawlah [‘Abd al-Majid Mirza]. The first letter is about the decree for ‘Ayn al-Dawlah in which she complains about ‘Azud al-Mulk’s delay in sealing the decree and asks him to speed up the process and otherwise, to send it back with the messenger Mirza Ahmad Khan. She has included fifty five-thousand bills for the taxation costs in the envelope. The second letter to ‘Azud al-Mulk is about the sealing of decree for Farrukh Taj Khanum and her sisters and brother (Pasha Khan’s inheritors). In the third letter, Shams al-Dawlah complains about her brother (‘Ayn al-Dawlah)’s arrest saying that this arrest, whether by the order of the Shah or the Premier, is not right, as he has paid his taxes and has been a law-abiding citizen. She asks the reader to free ‘Ayn al-Dawlah due to his old age and his illness, so he can be taken care of at home and she promises that he will always obey the government orders.

Item Details

  • Creator Shams al-Dawlah (daughter of Galin Khanum and Ahmad Mirza ʻAzud al-Dawlah)
  • Date late 19th/early 20th century
  • Collections Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies
  • Repository Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies (ق0-0-20861-0, ق0-0-20861-1, ن0-0-47562-0, ق0-0-8636-0)
  • Restrictions The use of collection materials for publication purposes must cite the Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies as the current repository. Use of material for commercial purposes is contingent upon acquiring the Repository's permission.
  • Accessed 9 September 2013
  • Last Edited 7 November 2013
  • Record no. 1261A8
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