Malek Jahan Khanom, Mahd-e Olia

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Malek Jahan Khanom,
Shir & Khorshid1.svg Queen mother of Persia
Regent of Persia
Mahd-e Olia
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Reign 1848
Predecessor unknown
Successor Princess Shokuh-ol-saltaneh
Born Malek Jahan Khanom Qajar Qovanlou
(1805-02-26)26 February 1805
Tehran, Persia
Died 2 April 1873(1873-04-02) (aged 68)
Tehran, Persia
Spouse Mohammad Shah Qajar
Issue Naser al-Din Shah Qajar
Princess Ezzat Doleh Qajar
Full name
Malek Jahan Khanom, Mahd-e Olia
Dynasty Qajar
Father Amir Mohammad Ghassem Khan Qajar Qovanlou
Mother Princess Begom Jan Qajar
Religion Shia Islam

Malek Jahan Khanom, Mahd-e Olia (Persian: ملک جهان خانم، مهدِ عُلیا‎‎), (born Malek Jahan Khanom Qajar Ghovanloo; 26 February 1805 – 2 April 1873) was a Persian princess of the Qajar dynasty, consort of Mohammad Shah Qajar of Persia (reign 1834–1848) and the mother of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar.[1] She was the granddaughter of Fath-Ali Shah Qajar of Persia and the cousin of her spouse, Mohammad Shah Qajar.[1]

Her title means "Sublime Cradle".[1] As queen dowager, she was the regent of Persian Empire from 5 September until 5 October in 1848, between the death of her husband and the accession to the throne of her son. As queen mother, she exerted considerable political influence during the reign of her son from 1848 until her death 1873.[1] She is described as a strong personality and politically gifted.[1] She supported and strengthened the Qajar nobility against merited commoners.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Iran Heads of State". Worldwide Guide To Women in Leadership. Retrieved 3 February 2017.