Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Khadijah Sultan to her son Muhammad ‘Ali Khan

Khadijah Sultan to her son Muhammad ‘Ali Khan

Letters from Khadijah Sultan to her son, Muhammad ‘Ali Khan: a letter in which she informs Muhammad ‘Ali Khan of her own wellbeing and of that of her younger son (Mahmud) and asks her husband not to send their son (Muhammad ‘Ali Khan) to Beirut (because of an epidemic); a letter describing Khadijah Sultan’s happiness about the news of her son (Muhammad ‘Ali)’s arrival in Saint Petersburg and also her other son (Taqi)’s decision to join him there; a letter of gratitude for her son’s gifts (a mirror and a comb); a letter about the well-being of the members of her family, travel to Khurramabad, staying in Burujird, Sardar’s decision not to send his family to Tehran, Mahmud’s friendship with Mu‘izz al-Mamalik and his inattention to his education, Muhammad ‘Ali Khan’s advice about using a heater instead of a kursi, and the death of Ijlal Nizam’s wife (Ijlal Nizam was the previous governor of Alishtar); a letter regarding Khadijah Sultan’s concern about not receiving letters from Muhammad ‘Ali Khan, sending Nawruz greetings, her initial intent to send Nawruz gifts to Russia for Muhammad ‘Ali Khan and her changing her mind afterwards, news about Husayn Quli Khan Nizam al-Saltanah’s newborn grandchild, and inquiring about Saham Nizam’s health; a letter in which Khadijah Sultan informs her son of her receiving his letter and writes about Sardar Mu‘azzam’s wellbeing at the camp and his intent to send the family to Khurramabad, writes about the bad condition of the roads, sends 2000 Franks for Taqi, and promises to ask Sardar to transfer money to Taqi on a more regular basis in the future–she also promises to talk to Sardar about a position for Muhammad ‘Ali Khan as a translator at the embassy; a letter about Khadijah Sultan’s illness and her having been cured by Dr. Scott, Ma‘sumah’s jaundice, disturbances and famine in the town due to Salar al-Dawlah’s arrival there, her financial difficulties (which have resulted in borrowing money from ‘Izzat al-Saltanah), the roof’s damage and her need for more money for household expenses, buying clothes, and ‘Izzat al-Saltanah’s dowry. She complains that her husband has left her and that she would prefer to go abroad because it would be beneficial to the educations of Mahmud and Ma‘sumah and to her own health, as Dr. Scott has suggested that she travel, but she mentions that she does not think her husband will fulfill his promise to take her abroad.