The Father

Gholam R. Afkhami

in The Life and Times of the Shah

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780520253285
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942165 | DOI:
The Father

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This chapter describes the shah's father, Reza Khan, a Cossack, a member of a military establishment organized and run by Russian officers. His uncle, Abolqasem Beig, a warrant officer with the Cossacks, took care of him after his parents died. Abolqasem Beig enlisted him in the Cossack Brigade in 1891 when the boy was fourteen. Throughout the turmoil of the years before and during World War I, Reza mostly fought in western Iran. In 1916, Reza Khan married a girl named Nimtaj. On 26 October 1919, she gave birth to twins, Mohammad Reza first, followed by his sister Ashraf. Later, Reza Kahn had amassed too much power to be trifled with, and he knew how to use it politically. By 1922, the military under his command had changed into a more efficient fighting force, wielding considerable political influence. Reza Khan was named prime minister on 26 October 1923.

Keywords: Cossack; Reza Khan; Alasht; military career; Abolqasem Beig; World War I; Iran; prime minister

Chapter.  9975 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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