Mozzafar al-Din Shah Qajar Mirza

Mozzafar al-Din Shah Qajar Mirza

Male 1853 - 1907  (53 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and 57 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Mozzafar al-Din Shah Qajar Mirza 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 25 Mar 1853 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Jan 1907 
    Person ID I670451  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2009 

    Father Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar Mirza,   b. 16 Jul 1831, Tabriz Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1896  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Efet-od-Dowleh,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Family ID F295214  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

     1. Fakhr es-Saltaneh Mirza,   b. 1870,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Ehteram es-Saltaneh Mirza,   b. 1871,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Mohammad Ali E’tezad es-Saltaneh Mirza,   b. 21 Jun 1872,   d. 5 Apr 1925, San Remo Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    +4. Ezzat ed-Dowleh Mirza,   b. 1873,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Malek Mansur Shao es-Saltaneh Mirza,   b. 1880,   d. 1920  (Age 40 years)
     6. Shokuh es-Saltaneh Mirza,   b. 1880,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Abol Fath Salar ed-Dowleh Mirza,   b. 1881,   d. 1961  (Age 80 years)
    +8. Abol Fazl Mirza Azd-os-Sultan Mirza,   b. 1882,   d. 1970  (Age 88 years)
     9. Shokuh ed-Dowleh Mirza,   b. 1883,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Hussein Ali Mirza Nosrat es-Saltaneh Mirza,   b. 1884,   d. 1945  (Age 61 years)
     11. Aghdas ed-Dowleh Mirza,   b. 1891,   d. Yes, date unknown
     12. Anvar ed-Dowleh Mirza,   b. 1896,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2009 
    Family ID F295092  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarvar es-Saltaneh “Hazrat-e Olia” Mirza,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    • 2 children, 1daughter and 1 son
    +1. Ashraf ol-Moluk Khanoum Fakhr ed-Dowleh Mirza,   b. 1883,   d. 1955  (Age 72 years)
     2. Nasser al-Din Mirza Nasser es-Saltaneh Mirza,   b. 1897,   d. 1977  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2009 
    Family ID F295222  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • fifth Qajarid Shah of Persia . He ruled between the years 1896 and 1907.
      He is credited with the start of Iranian Cinema , the creation of the Iranian constitution, the first Iranian national anthem , and often wrongly credited with the rise of the Persian Constitutional Revolution which took place immediately after his death. He is often remembered as a largely ineffectual ruler who often suffered from ill health
      was named crown prince and sent as governor to the northern province of Azarbaijan in 1861. He spent his 35 years as crown prince in the pursuit of pleasure; his relations with his father were frequently strained, and he was not consulted in important matters of state. Thus, when he ascended the throne in May 1896, he was unprepared for the burdens of office.
      At Mozaffar-ed-Din's accession Iran faced a financial crisis, with annual governmental expenditures far in excess of revenues due to the policies of his father. During his reign, Mozzafar ed-Din attempted some reforms of the central treasury; however, the previous debt incurred by the Qajar court, owed to both England and Russia , significantly undermined this effort. He had to make up the existing deficit by contracting more unpopular loans from Russia, which exacted political concessions in return.
      Like his father he visited Europe three times. During these periods, on the encouragements of his chancellor Amin-os-Soltan , he borrowed money from Nicholas II of Russia to pay for his extravagant traveling expenses. During his first visit he was introduced to the "cinematographe" in Paris , France . Immediately falling in love with the silver screen the Shah ordered his personal photographer to acquire all the equipment and knowledge needed to bring the moving picture to Iran, thus starting Iranian Cinema . The following is a translated excerpt from the Shah's diary:
      "....[At] 9:00 P.M. we went to the Exposition and the Festival Hall where they were showing cinematographe, which consists of still and motion pictures. Then we went to Illusion building ....In this Hall they were showing cinematographe. They erected a very large screen in the centre of the Hall, turned off all electric lights and projected the picture of cinematography on that large screen. It was very interesting to watch. Among the pictures were Africans and Arabians traveling with camels in the African desert, which was very interesting. Other pictures were of the Exposition, the moving street, the Seine River and ships crossing the river, people swimming and playing in the water and many others that were all very interesting. We instructed Akkas Bashi to purchase all kinds of it [cinematographic equipment]and bring to Tehran so God willing he can make some there and show them to our servants."
      Additionally, in order to manage the costs of the state and his extravagant personal lifestyle Mozzafar al-din Shah was forced to sign many concessions, providing foreigners with monopolistic control of various Iranian industries and markets. One example being the D'Arcy Oil Concession .
      Widespread fears amongst the aristocracy, educated elites, and religious leaders about the concessions and foreign control resulted in some protests in 1906. These resulted in the Shah accepting a suggestion to create a Majles (National Consultative Assembly) in October 1906, by which the monarch's power was curtailed as he granted a constitution and parliament to the people. He died of a heart attack 40 days after granting this constitution

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