Murād Mīrzā

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Murād Mīrzā (?-1574, Arabic مراد ميرزا) was the 36th Imam of the Nizari Ismaili Shia community. He was a politically active Imam, possibly alongside the Nuqtavi Shia group, and had a large following in Persia, Sind and parts of India.[1]

Capture and execution[edit]

Murād Mīrzā did not always operate from the Nizari base of Anjudan. As a result of his activeness, he acquired followers in Kashan and other central Persian areas. In 1573, due to the threat posed by the Imam, the 2nd Safavid monarch, Shah Tahmasp, ordered the governor of Hamadan, Amir Khan Musilu, to go to Anjudan to capture Murad Mirza. Amir Khan proceeded to Anjudan, and while killing a large number of the Imam's followers and taking much booty, was unable to capture him. However, the Imam was soon captured and imprisoned, but again escaped, this time with the aid of a sympathetic high-ranking Safavid official named Muhammad Muqim. With the help of his followers from Fars, Makran and Sind, the Imam was able to escape to Kandahar. However, while in Afghanistan, he was once again captured by the Safavids. This time there would be no escape, and after being brought before Shah Tahmasp he was executed alongside Muhammad Muqim in 1574.[2][3][4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ A Short History of the Ismailis: Traditions of a Muslim Community, by Farhad Daftary, page 176.
  2. ^ The Isma'ilis: Their History and Doctrines, by Farhad Daftary, page 472.
  3. ^ Historical Dictionary of the Ismailis, by Farhad Daftary, page xxxiii.
  4. ^ A Short History of the Ismailis: Traditions of a Muslim Community, by Farhad Daftary, page 176.
Murād Mīrzā
of the Ahl al-Bayt
Clan of the Banu Quraish
Born: ? C.E Died: 1574 C.E.
Shia Islam titles
Preceded by
Abū Dharr ‘Alī
36th Imam of Nizari Ismailism
?–1574
Succeeded by
Dhū-l-Fiqār ‘Alī