- For the districts in Delhi, see Safdarjung (Delhi).
|Mirza (Royal title)
Nawab of Oudh
Nawab Wazir al-Mamalik
Wazir ul-Hindustan (Prime Minister of India)
Subedar of Kashmir, Agra & Oudh
Firdaus Aaramgah[nt 1]
|Predecessor||Saadat Ali Khan I|
|Died||5 October 1754
|Burial||Safdarjung's Tomb, Safdarjung Road, New Delhi|
Safdar Jung (Hindi: सफ़्दरजंग, Urdu: صفدرجنگ) (b. c. 1708 – d. 5 October 1754) was the Subadar Nawab of Oudh (the ruler of the Indian state of Oudh, also known as Awadh) from 19 March 1739 to 5 October 1754.
In 1739 he succeeded his father-in-law and paternal uncle, the Burhan ul Mulk Saadat Ali Khan I to the throne of Oudh, apparently by paying Nadir Shah twenty million rupees. The Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah gave him the title of "Safdarjung".
Safdarjung was an able administrator. He was not only effective in keeping control of Oudh, but also managed to render valuable assistance to the weakened Muhammad Shah. He was soon given governorship of Kashmir as well, and became a central figure at the Delhi court. During the later years of Muhammad Shah, he gained complete control of administration in the Mughal Empire. When Ahmad Shah Bahadur ascended the throne at Delhi in 1748, Safdarjung became his Wazir ul-Mamalik-i-Hindustan or Chief Minister of Hindustan. He was also made the governor of Ajmer and became the "Faujdar" of Narnaul. However, court politics eventually overtook him and he was dismissed in 1753. He returned to Oudh in December 1753, and made Faizabad military headquarter. He died in October 1755 at the age of 46 years in Sultanpur near Faizabad.
There are several other structures that carry his name today in the area, like Safdarjung Airport, Safdarjang Hospital, Safdarjung Terminal, and a nearby residential neighbourhood of Safdarjung (colony).
- Princely States of India
- HISTORY OF AWADH (Oudh) a princely State of India by Hameed Akhtar Siddiqui
- "Safdar Jang Tomb Garden". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2007.
- title after death
Media related to Safdarjung at Wikimedia Commons
- The complete genealogy of Safdarjung can be found here.
- Indiacoins has an article on Safdarjung here.
- Tomb of Safdarjung .
Borhan al-Molk Mir Mohammad Amin Musawi Sa`adat 'Ali Khan I
|Subadar Nawab of Oudh
|Nawab Wazir al-Mamalik of Oudh
(acting to 29 Jun 1748)
|Subadar Nawab of Oudh
Jalal ad-Din Shoja' ad-Dowla Haydar