Mahbub Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI

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Mir Mahbub Ali Khan
Asaf Jah VI
Asaf Jah VI.jpg
Reign 1869–1911
Predecessor Afzal ad-Dawlah, Asaf Jah V
Successor Mir Osman Ali Khan
Spouse Amat uz-Zehra Begum
House Asaf Jahi dynasty
Father Afzal ad-Dawlah, Asaf Jah V
Born August 17, 1866
Purani Haveli, Hyderabad, Hyderabad State, British India
(now in Telangana State, India)
Died August 29, 1911 (aged 45)
Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, Hyderabad State, British India
(now in Telangana State, India)
Burial Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad, Hyderabad State, British India
(now in Telangana State, India)

Asaf Jah VI Mir Mahboob Ali Khan Siddiqi (August 17, 1866 – August 29, 1911) was the 9th Nizam of Hyderabad. He ruled Hyderabad state, one of the Princely states in India between 1869 and 1911.

Official full name and style[edit]

Nawab Bahadur Sirajud Dawlah, Lieutenant-General His Highness Rustam-i-Dauran, Arustu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamaluk, Asaf Jah VI, Muzaffar ul-Mamaluk, Nizam ul-Mulk, Nizam ud-Daula, Nawab Mir Sir Mahbub 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Sipah Salar, Fath Jang, Nizam of Hyderabad, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Knight Grand Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, Honourable Lieutenant-General in the Army.

Early life[edit]

His Highness the Nizam of Hyderabad as child
Installation of the Nizam of Hyderabad by the Governor-General of India

Mir Mahbub Ali Khan was born on August 17, 1866 at Purani Haveli in Hyderabad State. He was the only son of Afzal ad-Dawlah, Asaf Jah V.

Life[edit]

When his father died he was two years and seven months old, and thus became the 9th Nizam of the Asaf Jahi dynasty in 1869. He was installed as Nizam by Mir Turab Ali Khan, Salar Jung I, Nawab Rasheed-ud-din Khan Shams-ul-Umra III who functioned as the Regent. Shams-ul-Umra III died on December 12, 1881 and Salar Jung I became the sole regent. He was retained as administrator and regent until his death on February 8, 1883.[1] Special attention was paid to the education of Mahbub Ali Khan who was tutored by the English. With the concurrence of Salar Jung, Capt. John Clerk was appointed to tutor him and scholars well versed in Persian,Arabic and Urdu were also engaged as tutors.The personality and noble life of Sir Salar Jung had a great influence on Asaf Jah VI.

Asaf Jah VI was a respected ruler and was popularly known as Mahbub Ali Pasha. Dr. Abdul Husain, later given the title Arastu Yar Jung, was physician to Mahbub Ali Khan. As such, Asaf Jah VI often sought counsel for matters concerning the Bubonic plague epidemic that worried Hyderabad, and other matters as well. Hi died August 29, 1911, with a reputed annual income of 10 million US dollars.[2]

Lifestyle[edit]

Asaf Jah VI was well known for lavish lifestyle and luxuries, and had an enormous fascination for clothes and cars. His collection of garments was one of the most extensive in the world at the time, with sherwanis, shirts, coats, collars, socks, shoes, headgear, walking sticks, perfumes - not one each, but dozens of almost each item. He devoted a whole wing of his palace to his wardrobe and would never wear the same dress twice. He bought the Jacob Diamond, which stands out among the Jewels of The Nizams now owned by the Government of India.

Mystic Powers[edit]

Page 59 of the book "Tulasī kī sāhitya-sādhanā: The Legacy of the Nizams" by Lallana Rāya, published by the H.E.H The Nizam's Urdu Trust Hyderabad states the King Mir Mahbub Ali Khan was also known to be a possessor of supernatural mystical healing powers. Lallana Rāya writes under the heading He was a conjure for snake bite: "Mir Mahboob Ali Khan was known to possess healing power for snake bite. With his spell it is said that the venom of the snake would abate. It was his order that if anyone from the public had a snake bite, he could approach him. It happened a number of times when he was awakened from his sleep. It is said that Nawab Muneer uddin Khan Taluqdar who knew this spell taught the mantra to Mir Mahboob Ali Khan. When a man suffered from a snake bite, the name of the Mahboob Ali had to be mentioned in these terms: "Mahboob Ali Pasha Ki Dohaee". Then the venom would not spread further or in other words the venom of the snake would abate. Hence the name of Mahboob Ali Pasha and the practice of spell of snake bite became famous throughout Hyderabad".[3]

Titles[edit]

  • 1866-1869: Sahibzada Mir Mahbub Ali Khan Siddiqi Bahadur
  • 1869-1877: His Highness Rustam-i-Dauran, Arustu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamaluk, Asaf Jah VI, Muzaffar ul-Mamaluk, Nizam ul-Mulk, Nizam ud-Daula, Nawab Mir Mahbub 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Sipah Salar, Fath Jang, Nizam of Hyderabad
  • 1877-1884: His Highness Rustam-i-Dauran, Arustu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamaluk, Asaf Jah VI, Muzaffar ul-Mamaluk, Nizam ul-Mulk, Nizam ud-Daula, Nawab Mir Mahbub 'Ali Khan Siddiqi Bahadur, Sipah Salar, Fath Jang, Nizam of Hyderabad
  • 1884-1902: His Highness Rustam-i-Dauran, Arustu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamaluk, Asaf Jah VI, Muzaffar ul-Mamaluk, Nizam ul-Mulk, Nizam ud-Daula, Nawab Mir Sir Mahbub 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Sipah Salar, Fath Jang, Nizam of Hyderabad, GCSI
  • 1902-1910: His Highness Rustam-i-Dauran, Arustu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamaluk, Asaf Jah VI, Muzaffar ul-Mamaluk, Nizam ul-Mulk, Nizam ud-Daula, Nawab Mir Sir Mahbub 'Ali Khan Bahadur, Sipah Salar, Fath Jang, Nizam of Hyderabad, GCB, GCSI
  • 1910-1911: Lieutenant-General His Highness Rustam-i-Dauran, Arustu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamaluk, Asaf Jah VI, Muzaffar ul-Mamaluk, Nizam ul-Mulk, Nizam ud-Daula, Nawab Mir Sir Mahbub 'Ali Khan Siddiqi Bahadur, Sipah Salar, Fath Jang, Nizam of Hyderabad, GCB, GCSI

Honours[edit]

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British honours

Foreign honours

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Mahbub Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI
Preceded by
Afzal ad-Dawlah, Asaf Jah V
Nizam of Hyderabad
1869–1911
Succeeded by
Osman Ali Khan, Asif Jah VII