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Bahmani-Qajar (Kadjar)

Bahman Mirza (son of Abbas Mirza Nayeb Saltaneh)


The House of Bahman Mirza

Ancestor: Abbas Mirza Nayeb Saltaneh

The Bahmani family is closely related to the Kadjars of Azarbaidjan but they had lived in Iran until the revolution of 1979. Its members are as follows:

H.I.H. Shahzadeh Bahman Mirza Kadjar Ghoyunlu, (born at Teheran 1810, died in exile at Shusha in Georgia 1883), son of crownprince Abbas Mirza Nayeb os-Saltaneh by his maternal cousin and first wife Princess Ayeshe Khanoum Kadjar Davalu, daughter of H.H. Field Marshall Mirza Mohammad Khan-e Davalu. 1831-1834 governor of Ardebil, 1834 Governor of Teheran and commander of the royal forces, 1834-1841 governor of Burujerd, 1841-1848 ruling governor of Azerbaidjan and viceroy of Tabriz.

About the rise and fall of Bahman Mirza we are told:

In 1835 Mohammad Shah nominated his son, Nasser od-Din, then a child of four, as Vali ahad. In view of his youth he was not made governor of Azerbaidjan, which had been given to Ghahraman Mirza, Mohammad Shah's full-brother. In December 1841 his younger full brother, Bahman Mirza, was made governor of the province. In the same year Mohammad Shah's health gave rise to anxiety, and it seemed unlikely that Nasser od-Din would be able to establish his claim against Bahman Mirza in the event of the Shah's death. The latter, however, recovered, to fall ill again in 1845. Once more it seemed likely that Bahman Mirza, who was a successful and popular governor of Azerbaidjan, might press his claim to succeed, or to establish himself as regent. The Shah again recovered. Bahman Mirza, meanwhile, had a falling out with Haji Mirza Aghasi, the Sadr-e Azam, and resigned his government under pressure in late 1847. Like his father Abbas Mirza, Bahman Mirza was a very open minded prince, who wanted to open his country to the modern West but also to protect it against European colonialism. So the prince was in opposition to the old-fashioned prime minister. It was now that the question of succession became confused with that of protection. On March 1st, 1848, Bahman Mirza, alarmed for his safety, took sanctuary in the house of the Russian envoy and was subsequently granted asylum in Russia. The incident caused anger, alarm and consternation in Tehran. On May 15th Bahman Mirza left Teheran and took up residence in Tiflis.

During the early years of the reign of Nasser od-Din, consideration was given to the question of a regency in the event of the Shah's death and again in 1858 when the child he had proclaimed Vali ahad died, and the claim of Bahman Mirza, who was then residing in Tiflis, again became a reality. The Shah's mother, the powerful Mahd-e Olia, protected the crown for her son. The Shah was suspicious of Bahman Mirza. The question, however, remained academic; no regent was appointed, and Nasser od-Din survided until 1897(1). But Bahman Mirza lost his claim while residing in a foreign country . In 1860 Bahman Mirza moved from Tiflis to Shusha in the Karabagh region where he was protected by the Russian Tsar as Prince of the Empire. He stayed also there after Nasser od-Din had accepted his own and his father's faults. On May 26th 1873 Bahman Mirza's third son, Reza Gholi Mirza, once Nasser od-Din's favorite cousin and with his brothers in the service of the Russian court, requested an audience with the Shah during the latter's journey to Europe through St. Petersburg. Reza Gholi Mirza spoke for his full family and accepted Nasser od-Din as their sovereign and head of the dynasty and sent regards from his father. The two men arranged a meeting finally and Bahman Mirza's family was again one of the first princely families in Iran (2).

Notes: The information on Bahman Mirza above and the information on the Zarrinkafsch-Zarrinnal family was supplied to us by our cousin Arian K. Zarrinkafsch
(1) Ann K. Lambton Qajar Persia, I.B.Tauris, London.
(2) Nasser od-Din's Travel Diary Ein Harem in Bismarcks Reich: Das ergštzliche Reistagebuch des Nasseredidn Schah, Thienemann, Edition Erdmann.

H.I.H. Schahzadeh Bahman Mirza Kadjar 1810-1883, son of crown prince Abbas Mirza by Princess Ayeshe Khanoum married among 16 wives, the mother of

1. H.R.H. Schahzadeh... Khanoum. She had issue:

1.1. H.R.H. Princess Schahzadeh Khanoum (as she was called by the whole family). She had issue:

1.1.1. Ezzat ol-Saltaneh Khanoum +married her cousin Ali Asghar Bahman as his 1rst wife.

1.1.2. Nezhat od-Dowleh Khanoum +married her cousin Ali Asghar Bahman as his 2nd wife (see below Nr: 2.2.).

2. H.R.H. Princess Schahzadeh Malekeh-Afagh Khanoum Bahman-Kadjar (b. in the first half of the 1860's in Georgia and moved with her closer family back to Iran after 1871 when her brother Reza Gholi Mirza arranged her return with his cousin Nasser ed-Din Shah.) She married as her first husband Mirza Hossein Behnam (died in 1897), third son of Mirza Haji Ali Akbar Behnam. Second she married Amirzadeh Amanollah Khan Zia ol-Sultan, son of Amir Zafar Khan-e Kadjar of Tabriz and his wife Fatemeh Khanoum. Amanollah Khan was very wealthy. His family had held possession of half the city of Tabriz and large amounts of land in Azarbaijan. Also Amanollah Khan was a prominent member of parliament, known as the "Tabrizi," fighting for democratic reforms and the Constitution against his cousin the Shah. When Reza Shah Pahlavi occupied the throne, Amanollah offered him a large golden bowl as gift to show the close relations between his own family and the new dynasty. (Now you can see it in Teheran Museum.) Nevertheless Reza Shah occupied his possessions in Azarbaijan and made them crown domains. Amanollah Khan died in 1930 in Hamburg, where he had visited several doctors because of his cancer. Malekeh-Afagh had bequeathed a huge collection of jewels to her daughter, who bought a big house in Teheran for herself and her family and gave the rest of it to her daughter, daughters-in-law and grand-daughters. Now most of it is lost by robbery.

Ali Akbar Bahman and Ali Asghar Bahman were Mirza Hossein's sons. Under Reza Shah Pahlavi, Mirza Ali Akbar Bahman was Imperial Iranian Ambassador in Egypt and arranged in 1939 the marriage of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Princess Fawzia of Egypt, daughter of King Fuad I of Egypt and sister of King Faroukh. H.H. Nosrat ol-Molouk Bahman-Kadjar and Abol Ghasem Bahman Zafarkhanlu were Zia ol-Sultan's children. Nosrat ol-Molouk had four sons and one daughter. Her first child was Abbas Zarrinnaal, who died very early after his birth.

Malekeh-Afagh Khanoum had four children, three sons and one daughter, who adopted their grandfather's name as their surname. She had issue:

2.1. Ali Akbar Bahman +married Zoleykha Khanoum he had issue:

2.1.1. Mehr-e Jahan (Mehri) Bahman +married: a. firstly a German from whom she had two sons and two daughters the latter are callled Olga and Brigitte. Olga married in Teheran Mohandes Kashvian, minister to Mohammad Reza Schah Pahlevi. b. secondly Mohammad Ali Pirouzan (Timsa Khan), general of the Persian Imperial Army, from whom she had the daughters Malekeh, Mamak and Maryam. They all live near to Nurnberg/Germany and Zurich/Switzerland. (Timsa Khan had a famous collection of gems, precious stones, coins and persian antiquities and also founded the "Pirouzan Collection" in the Iranian Museum Hamburg.)

2.2. Ali Asghar Bahman +married a) firstly his maternal cousin Ezzat ol-Saltaneh Khanoum with her he had issue:

2.2.1. Talieh-Afagh Khanoum +married Hussein Behnam she had issue: Feridun Behnam. Faramarz Behnam +married a German called Christine he had issue: Ramin Behnam. Farzin Behnam. They all live near to Frankfurt/Germany. Parviz Behnam +married a German lady, Inge. He had issue: Yasmin and Homayoun Behnam.

2.2.2. Badieh ol-Jamal Bahman +married Amirzadeh Ahmad Khan Zarrinnal (b. 1908), the Head of the House of Zarrinnaal and the Schahzadehgi Zarrinkafsch of Senneh in Kurdistan, son of the Kurdish lord Amir Agha Ali Akbar Khan-e Zarrinnaal Nasr-e Lashgar, 9th and last ruling emir of the Zarrinnaal and Schahzadehgi Zarrinkafsch of Senneh (1868-1931) and his second wife Roghieh Khanoum (d. 1910), daughter of Mohammad Khan-e Vali of Yazd by his wife Bibi Khanoum. They live in Geneve/Switzerland. She had issue: Ali Reza Zarrinnaal. Maryam Zarrinnaal +married a. firstly Darius Abbasi she had issue: Abbaseh Abbasi. Ali Reza Abbasi. b. secondly Jacques de Valembois. They all live in Paris/France. Ali Hassan Zarrinnaal +married Manijeh Khanoum he had issue: Mojdeh Zarrinnaal. Navid Zarrinnaal. They live in Teheran.

2.2 Ali Asghar Bahman married b) secondly his maternal cousin Nezhat od-Dowleh Khanoum, the sister of his first wife. With her he had issue:

2.2.3. Cyrus Bahman +married Pouran Farrokhsah. He had issue Afsaneh Bahman. Lalek Bahman.

2.3. Nosrat ol-Molouk Bahman "Khanoum-Djoun" (b. 1899, d. 1972 in Teheran) +married Amirzadeh Kazem Khan Zarrinnaal "Agha-Djoun" (b. 1898 in Teheran in the quater "Zarrinnaal", d. April, 4. 1971 in Kiel/Germany), colonel of the Persian Imperial Army, older fullbrother of Ahmad Khan Zarrinnaal. His father Amir Agha Ali Akbar Khan, a very wealthy landlord, whose domains were called "Zarrinabad", was also a prominent member of the parliament called the "Kurdi". As a very conservative nobleman he struggled against his old friend Amanollah Khan Zia ol-Soltan. But in 1924 the two men arranged the marriage of their children. In 1941 Kazem Khan fell out with one of his younger brothers and changed his family name from Zarrinnaal into Zarrinkafsch. She had issue:

2.3.1. Fatemeh Zarrinrokh (Zari Khanoum) Zarrinkafsch-Zarrinnaal (b. 04.08.1929) +married Nasser Semiian (Mohandess) she had issue: Azitah Semiian +married Dennis Ford, they live near to London/England. Ariana Semiian +married Behruz Izadi she had issue: Panteah Izadi. Parmida Izadi. They all live in Vancouver/Canada. Atoosah Semiian +married Majid Yekan she had issue: Aidin Yekan. Andia Yekan. They all live in San Francisco with her mother.

2.3.2. Ali Zarrinpour (Pouri) Zarrinkafsch-Zarrinnaal (b. December, 04.1930), engineer in oil business +married Elke Holz he had issue: Sogand Zarrinkafsch-Zarrinnaal (b. July, 21, 1962 in Teheran) +married Hamid Bortschalui she had issue: Avid Zarrinkafsch (b. 16/1/1999). They live in Dortmund/Germany. Suzan Zarrinkafsch-Zarrinnaal (b. September, 24, 1963 in Teheran) +married Shahram Nasseri she had issue: Sayena Nasseri (b. 27/10/1997). They live in Iran. Sunja Zarrinkafsch-Zarrinnaal (July, 18, 1965 in Teheran) +married Horst Obermueller she had issue: Lisa Obermueller (b. 5/1/1990). Alina Obermueller (b. 28/5/1991). They live in Dortmund/Germany. Surena Zarrinkafsch-Zarrinnaal (b. March, 25.1973 in Teheran) +married Gita Hassanzadeh he had issue: Sherwin Zarrinkafsch (b. May, 03, 2001 in Dortmund). They live in Dortmund/Germany.

2.3.3. Abdol Hussein Amir Keywan Zarrinkafsch-Zarrinnaal (b. December, 30/31.1933 in Rezayieh(Urmia)/Azarbaidjan), banker at Bank Melli Iran Hamburg, came to Germany as student in 1956, +married there in 1972 Margrit Eva-Maria nee Gentes. He had issue: Arian Kazem Zarrinkafsch-Zarrinnaal (b. July, 28.1973 in Kiel/Germany). They live in Hamburg.

2.3.4. Abdol Reza Anoushiravan (b. 1935, d. 1937 in Rezayieh(Urmia)/Azarbaijan).

2.4. Abolghasem Bahman, died without any offspring.


The ancestor of the House of Zarrinnaal: Amir Mirza Agha Ali Akbar Khan-e Zarrinnaal Nasr-e lashgar (b. 1868 in Sanandaj, d. 1931 in Teheran), eldest son of Amir Mirza Zaman Kordestani Khan-e Zarrinnaal by his wife Shahzdeh Zarrin Khanum, a Kadjar princess from the court of Nasser od-Din Shah, probably Effat ed-Dowleh. Mirza Ali Akbar Khan was director of military administration and district attorney at court martial.

The House of Zarrinnaal: Mirza Ali Akbar Khan's ten children with his four wives, sitting: Talat ol-Molouk Khanum, Mohammad Ali Khan Nasser-e Nizam, Zarrin-Malek Khanum, Djawad Khan, Sakineh Zarrin-Homa Khanum, Kazem Khan; standing: Ahmad Khan, Mehdi Khan, Jafar Khan, Davud Khan.


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