Khan Zaman Khan Ali Asghar

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Ali Asghar
Reign 18th century
Full name
Khan Zaman Khan Bahadur Ali Asghar
Born Ferozepur Jhirka
Died 1743
Buried Ferozepur Jhirka
Father Qazi Ghulam Mustafa
Mother Bibi Rasti
Religion Islam

Ali Asghar (died ca 1155 AH / 1743 AD) was one of the prominent Emir and nobleman during the Mughal empire. He was entitled 'Khan Zaman Khan Bahadur' by Emperor Farrukhsiyar. He remained in many important posts during the successive rules of Bahadur Shah I, Jahandar Shah, Farrukhsiyar, Rafi ud Darajat, Shah Jahan II and Muhammad Shah.

The fort at Ferozepur Jhirka was built by him. He died in Shahjahanbad (Delhi) on 4 Dhu al-Hijjah 1155 AH/30 January 1743 at the age of 70 years.[1]


Ali Asghar was the son of Kartalab Khan Bahadur Shahi Qazi Ghulam Mustafa and Bibi Rasti, the daughter of Qazi Syed Rafi Mohammad. He was Mansabdar Punj Hazari (5,000) Emir.

His forefathers were settled in Ferozepur Jhirka for a long time and made a big estate (riyasat) in that town. His grandfather Dewan Shaikh Asaf and great grandfather Dewan Maskeen raised both name and fame. They were chief revenue officers of the province Mewat and were entitled Dewan by Mughals.

In Shahnama Munawwar, he was mentioned as a “Mewati Ansari Khanzada”[2] as he was the son of ‘Nawab Kartalab Khan’, hence ‘Khanzada’ and belonged to the family ‘Ansar’ of Medina, hence ‘Ansari’.

Nawab Khan Zaman Khan Bahadur handed over the keys of the Red Fort along with some treasures to Bahadur Shah I on 1 Rabi' al-awwal, when emperor was staying near Delhi[3]:10

Nawab Khan Zaman Khan Bahadur along with some other nobles like Muhammad Khan Bangash, Mir Musharraf and Chabila Ram Nagar came with the treasure to join prince Izzuddin (Prince Azzu-ud-Din/Izz-ud-Din Bahadur) son of Jahandar Shah[4]

In the book, 'Muraqqa'e Dehli' or 'The Delhi Album' or 'The Delhi during Muhammad Shah', a great detail of Nawab Khan Zaman Khan Bahadur's life and works are mentioned[5]

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Marriage and children[edit]

He was first married to the sister of Islam Khan V also the daughter of Abdul Khaliq, son of Barkhurdar Khan I. His second wife was Shah Bibi, daughter of Qazi Syed Asadullah of Rewari and maternal granddaughter of Abdul Hadi, son of Qazi Ibrahim of Tijara.

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  1. ^ Later Moghuls and Urdù literature by Iqtida Hasan, 1995, 319 pages
  2. ^ Shahnama Munawwar Kalam by Shiv Das Lakhnavi, page 232
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Tazkirat us-Salatin Chaghta – A Mughal Chronicle of Post Aurangzeb Period (1707–1724) by Muhammad Hadi Kamwar Khan; edited Persian text and with an Introduction by Muzaffar Alam (1980), Centre Of Advanced Study Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (U.P.) -202001, India
  4. ^ Muslim society in northern India during the eighteenth century by Muhammad Umar, 1998, pp 717
  5. ^ 'Muraqqa'e Dehli' by Dargah Quli Khan Ed. Khaliq Anjum, Samar Offset Printers, New Delhi, 1993
  6. ^ Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman (2008). "Chapter: Qazi Rafi Mohammad". Hayat Karam Husain (2nd ed.). Aligarh/India: Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences. pp. 25–29. ISBN 978-81-906070-5-6.