Ahmad Amir-Ahmadi

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Ahmad Amir-Ahmadi
Persian: احمد امیراحمدی‎‎
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Born 1884
Died 1965
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Rank IIArmy-Sepahbod.png Lieutenant general
Awards Order of Zulfikhar (Iran) - ribbon bar.gif Order of Zolfaghar

Sepahbod Ahmad Amir-Ahmadi (1884–1974) was a military leader and cabinet Minister of Iran.

Born in 1884 in Isfahan, of an aristocratic Persian family, he is one of the planners of the coup d'état of Reza Pahlavi and Seyyed Zia'eddin Tabatabaee against the Qajar dynasty. He is the first person to receive the rank of "sepahbod" (corps general or lieutenant general) under Reza Shah Pahlavi. He and his brother-in-law Heydargholli Pessian had planned to create a more democratic Iran but he later told his sister that 'the British would not allow it'.[1]

He served as Minister of War in the cabinet of Ali Soheili in 1942, and Abdolhosein Hazhir in 1948.

He also served as Senator in the Majlis.

It was said he was the only man Reza Pahlavi truly respected and feared. His sister was married into the Pessian family,[2] and after the assassination of Colonel Pessian, she arranged for his body to be hidden from Reza Pahlavi.

He was nicknamed Butcher of Luristan, due to his leading role in the brutal suppression of Luri revolts in 1920s and 1930s.[3][4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Unveiled, Love and Death Among the Ayatollahs
  2. ^ →Unveiled, Love and Death among the Ayatollahs
  3. ^ Douglas, William O. (1951). Strange Lands and Friendly People. Harper. p. 104. ISBN 978-1199639806. 
  4. ^ Douglas, William O. (1951). "Justice Douglas on Iran: The people reveal some causes of its instability". LIFE: 132. 
  5. ^ Cronin, Stephanie (2007). Tribal Politics in Iran: Rural Conflict and the New State, 1921-1941. Routledge. p. 26. ISBN 9781134138005. 
  • 'Alí Rizā Awsatí (عليرضا اوسطى), Iran in the Past Three Centuries (Irān dar Se Qarn-e Goz̲ashteh - ايران در سه قرن گذشته), Volumes 1 and 2 (Paktāb Publishing - انتشارات پاکتاب, Tehran, Iran, 2003). ISBN 964-93406-6-1 (Vol. 1), ISBN 964-93406-5-3 (Vol. 2).
  • Love and Death Among the Ayatollahs(ISBN 9780340617946)