Mohammad Taher Vahid Qazvini

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Mohammad Taher Vahid Qazvini (Persian: محمد طاهر وحید قزوینی‎, died 1699), was an Iranian[1] nobleman, who served as the vizier of the Safavid king (shah) Suleiman I (r. 1666–1694) and the latter's son Sultan Husayn (r. 1694–1722) from 1691 to 1699. He had diwan in Persian and Turkish languages.[2]


Born in the early 1620s in Qazvin in northern Iran, Taher Vahid was the son of Mortezaqoli Khan Sa'dlu, and belonged to a prominent family, which were known for often serving as the court registrar (vaqa'i-nivis) of the empire.[3] During Nowruz on March 21, 1691, Taher Vahid was appointed by shah Suleiman I as his vizier. During the same year, Shahqoli Khan Zanganeh, who had been recently appointed as the head of the royal bodyguard (qurchi-bashi), became a rival with Taher Vahid.[4]

During a royal ceremony, Suleiman requested Taher Vahid to explain what he saw as the most important things for Iran. Taher Vahid's response made the shah award him much more power than he used to have. However, Taher Vahid was not as great as his predecessors, due to his great age, which made him the lack the energy for the office.[4] In 1694, Suleiman died and was succeeded by his son Sultan Husayn. In 1699, Taher Vahid died, and was succeeded by Mohammad Mo'men Khan Shamlu.


  1. ^ Newman 2008, p. 95.
  2. ^ "AZERBAIJAN x. Azeri Turkish Literature". Encyclopaedia Iranica. May 24, 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2013. Other Turkish poets of the period include Reżā-Qoli Khan, the governor of Bandar-e ʿAbbāsi, Mirzā Jalāl Šahrestāni, Mirzā Ṣāleḥ, the Šayḵ-al-eslām of Tabriz, Moḥammad Ṭāher Vaḥid Qazvini, the historian of ʿAbbās II, and lastly Mālek Beg “Awji,” who was influenced by Fożuli and Ṣāʾeb.
  3. ^ Matthee 2011, pp. 72-72.
  4. ^ a b Matthee 2011, pp. 73-74.


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Preceded by
Shaykh Ali Khan Zanganeh
Vizier of the Safavid Empire
1691 - 1699
Succeeded by
Mohammad Mo'men Khan Shamlu