Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran

Khvurshid Khanum's petitions, 1908

Khvurshid Khanum's petitions, 1908

Petitions by Khvurshid Khanum, daughter of Aqa Riza, from Barfurush, to Mukhbir al-Saltanah, Minister of Justice, explaining how following her parents death, when she was three years old, her uncle, ‘Abbasquli Khan, seeking her inheritance of more than fifty thousand tumans worth of property, took her in. After ten years, he married her off to his grandson, son of I‘timad Divan, despite her discontent. I‘timad Divan never paid her her share of inheritance with the excuse that she was his son’s wife. Khvurshid Khanum wants a divorce and is willing to waive her mahr, which is more than ten thousand tumans worth of property. While I‘timad Divan’s son, being aware of Khvurshid Khanum’s feelings, has married another woman, he is not agreeing to the divorce and says Khvurshid Khanum’s fate is in the hands of his father. With I‘timad Divan being in Tehran, Khvurshid Khanum asks Mukhbir al-Saltanah to get her her divorce. She threatens to eat poison and kill herself. In response, the Ministry of Justice advises Khvurshid Khanum to give the power of attorney to someone in Tehran who can complain on her behalf.

Item Details

  • Date January or February 1908
  • Collections National Library and Archives of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Repository National Library and Archives of Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Restrictions Users must refer to the National Library and Archives of Islamic Republic of Iran as the original owner of items in this collection.
  • Accessed 8 August 2020
  • Last Edited 2 October 2020
  • Record no. 902A38
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