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The Life and Times of the Shah$
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Gholam RezaAfkhami

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520253285

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520253285.001.0001

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The Father

The Father

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The Life and Times of the Shah

Gholam R. Afkhami

University of California Press

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

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