Abu'l-Hasan Asaf Khan

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Abu'l-Hasan Asaf Khan
Portrait of Asaf Khan.jpg
Portrait of Asaf Khan
Born 1569
Safavid Iran
Died 12 June 1641
Bundi, Mughal India
Father Mirza Ghiyas Beg

Abu'l-Hasan Asaf Khan, entitled by Emperor Jahangir with the court title of Asaf Khan, was the father of Arjumand Banu Begum, also known as Mumtaz Mahal, who was the wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the Emperor of India. Asaf Khan was also the elder brother of Empress Nur Jahan, the consort of Shah Jahan's father, Jahangir. He was of Persian descent.[1] His other daughter Parwar Khanam was married to Mohtashim Khan, the son of Mughal Emperor Jahangir's foster brother Qutubuddin Koka. Her mausoleum is located in Sheikhpur, Budaun.

Governor of Lahore[edit]

Asif Khan presents offerings[2]

Mirza Abul Hasan Asaf Khan was appointed Governor of Lahore by Emperor Jahangir in 1625. After the demise of Jahangir in 1627, he was instrumental in securing the accession of his son-in-law Shah Jahan by colluding with Dawar Bakht (Jahangir's other son) and defeating the acting emperor Prince Shahryar (Nur Jahan's son-in-law, married to her daughter by her previous marriage to Sher Afgan) in a battle near Lahore. Asaf Khan enjoyed a position even more elevated than in the preceding reign and retained it until 1632, when he failed in the siege of Bijapur, from which time he seems to have lost favour.


  • Grand Vizier (Vazir-e ala of Mughal) – 1628–41
  • Subehdar of Lahore – 1625–27
  • Subehdar of Gujrat Subah – 1630–39
  • Faujdar of Gagron (Malwa Subah) – 1635–41

Tomb of Asaf Khan[edit]

Asaf Khan died on 12 June 1641 while engaged in fighting against the forces of rebel Raja Jagat Singh Pathania. His tomb was built in Shahdara Bagh by Shah Jahan in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Frank W. Thackeray, John E. Findling. Events That Formed the Modern World: From the European Renaissance to the ... Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  2. ^ unknown (1604). "Asaf khan Presents Offerings. Folio from the Davis Album". 17th Century Mughals & Marathas. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. 

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