Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Confidential report by ‘Imad al-Dawlah

Confidential report by ‘Imad al-Dawlah

A secret report by ‘Imad al-Dawlah in which he expresses his great concern about the presence of forty high ranking Shiite clergymen in Qazvin, who believe themselves to be in charge of the people of the area and as a result, take their endowments and belongings. He also writes about the death of Mirza ‘Abd al-Karim (the court’s trustee and the accountant of Qazvin), whose riches have gone to the Shaykh al-Islam of Qazvin, as a result of his lacking an elder son. The Shaykh al-Islam also hopes to marry the widow of the deceased. Mirza ‘Abd al-Karim also owed tax money to the writer, which the Shaykh al-Islam refuses to pay. He writes that the people of Qazvin have revolted against him in an effort to bring ‘Izz al-Dawlah back to the government of Qazvin. The writer also talks about Ghiyas Nizam, Shaykh al-Islam, and Sayyid Muhammad Tunikabuni, who together, in an attempt to provoke people against the writer, have plundered the belongings of Qahriman Khan (the supervisor from Bakandi) and imprisoned his wife, and that the writer was unable to set her free. The write also states that Tunikabuni has declared jihad against him. He also writes that Tunikabuni and Nur ‘Ali (the village chief) have worked together and divided stolen items between themselves. Finally, the writer reminds the recipient that the Royal Camp will arrive in Qazvin soon and that, in order to prevent any difficulty, they need to resolve the problems caused by Muqbil al-Saltanah, Ghias Nizam, and Shaykh al-Islam (who have a hostile relationship with Sipahsalar) before the arrival of the King.

Item Details

  • Date undated
  • Dimensions 20.5 x 26 cm
  • Collections Dabiri
  • Repository Dabiri Collection
  • Restrictions No restrictions.
  • Accessed 31 May 2013
  • Last Edited 11 June 2013
  • Record no. 1282A7
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