Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Khadijah Sultan to her husband Riza Quli Khan Salar Mu‘azzam

Khadijah Sultan to her husband Riza Quli Khan Salar Mu‘azzam

Letters from Khadijah Sultan to her husband Riza Quli Khan Salar Mu‘azzam: Khadijah Sultan’s draft of a letter in which she complains about not receiving any news from her husband and asks him to write more often to her, and also writes about their children (Muhammad ʻAli Khan, Mirza Taqi Khan, and Zahra Sultan)’s well-being; a letter complaining about Riza Quli Khan’s decision to send Muhammad ʻAli Khan (their son) to Beirut instead of London or Belgium, arguing that if Beirut were an appropriate place to study, Nizam al-Saltanah would have sent his son there or Sa‘d al-Mulk would have chosen it–she also asks her husband not to consider expense or distance in his decision; a letter in which Khadijah Sultan mentions: how Mahmud and she both miss Muhammad ‘Ali Khan and Mirza Taqi Khan, the illnesses of Ma‘sumah and Zahra Sultan, and her displeasure that Riza Quli Khan has not kept his promise to take his family with him; a letter in which Khadijah Sultan informs her husband that she has received a letter from their son, Muhammad ‘Ali Khan, in which he has stated his intent to return to Iran for summer vacation. Khadijah Sultan asks her husband to fulfill his promise of letting him come back every two years and also asks him to send only Ijlal Nizam to welcome their son; a letter in which Khadijah Sultan wishes her husband success and asks him not to be angry with her for the delay in writing; a letter complaining to Riza Quli Khan about his choosing a wife for their son, Taqi, without asking her opinion and also updating him on her illness and that of their other child, Mahmud; a letter writing about the nightmares she is experiencing because of her concerns regarding Salar al-Dawlah, and mentioning that Ijlal has prevented her from writing about it to Riza Quli Khan earlier and promised to tell him as soon as he arrives in Burujird.