Amīr Kabīr
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, mīrzā muḥammad taḳī k̲h̲ān (ca. 1222-68/1807-52), the most prominent reformist statesman of 19th century Iran. He was a son of Karbalāʾī Ḳurbān, the chief cook of the Ḳād̲j̲ār ministers ʿĪsā and Abu ’l-Ḳāsim Ḳāʾimmaḳām, through whom he found his way to the Ḳād̲j̲ār royal court. After receiving the necessary education in Arabic and Persian studies, he began his secretarial position in the court and rapidly achieved in succession the important titles of “Mīrzā”, “K̲h̲ān”, “Wazīr-i Niẓām”, “Amīr-i Niẓ…

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Hairi, Abdul-Hadi, “Amīr Kabīr”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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