|Nawab of Awadh (Oudh)|
|First monarch||Saadat Ali Khan I|
|Last monarch||Birjis Qadr|
The Nawab of Awadh or the Nawab of Oudh // was the title of the rulers who governed the state of Awadh (anglicised as Oudh) in north India during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Nawabs of Awadh belonged to an Iranian dynasty of Sayyid origin from Nishapur, Iran. In 1724, Nawab Sa'adat Khan established the Oudh State with their capital in Faizabad and Lucknow.
The Nawabs of Awadh were semi-autonomous rulers within the fragmented polities of Mughal India after the death in 1707 of Aurangzeb. They fought wars with the Peshwa, the Battle of Bhopal (1737) against the Maratha Confederacy (which was opposed to the Mughal Empire), and the Battle of Karnal (1739) as courtiers of the "Great Moghul".
The Nawabs of Awadh, along with many other Nawabs, were regarded as members of the nobility of the greater Mughal Empire. They joined Ahmad Shah Durrani during the Third Battle of Panipat (1761) and restored Shah Alam II (r. 1760–1788 and 1788–1806) to the imperial throne. The Nawab of Awadh also fought the Battle of Buxar (1764) preserving the interests of the Moghul. Oudh State eventually declared itself independent from the rule of the "Great Moghul" in 1818.
List of rulers
All of these rulers used the title of Nawab from 1722 to 1856:
|Portrait||Titular Name||Personal Name||Birth||Reign||Death|
|Burhan ul Mulk Sa'adat Khan
برہان الملک سعادت خان
|Saadat Ali Khan I||1680 Nishapur, Khurasan, Safavid dynasty, Persia||1722 – 19 March 1739||1739|
|Abul-Mansur Khan Safdar Jung
ابو المنصور خان صفدرجنگ
|Muhammad Muqim||1708||1739 – 5 October 1754||1754|
|Jalal-ud-din Haider Abul-Mansur Khan||1732||1754 – 26 January 1775||1775|
|Muhammad Yahya Mirza Amani||1748||26 January 1775 – 20 April 1797||1798|
|Asif Jah Mirza||Wazir Ali Khan
وزیر علی خان
|1780||21 September 1797 – 21 January 1798||1817|
|Yamin-ud-Daula||Saadat Ali Khan II
سعادت علی خان
|1752||21 January 1798 – 11 July 1814||1814|
| Ghazi-ud-Din Haidar Shah
||Ghazi-ud-Din Haidar Shah
غازی الدیں حیدر شاہ
|1769||11 July 1814 – 19 October 1827||1827|
|Abul- Mansur Qutub-ud-din Sulaiman jah||Nasir-ud-Din Haidar Shah
ناصر الدیں حیدر شاہ
|1803||19 October 1827 – 7 July 1837||1837|
|Abul Fateh Moin-ud-din||Muhammad Ali Shah
محمّد علی شاہ
|1777||7 July 1837 – 7 May 1842||1842|
|Najm-ud-Daula Abul-Muzaffar Musleh-ud-din||Amjad Ali Shah
امجد علی شاہ
|1801||7 May 1842 – 13 February 1847||1847|
|Abul-Mansur Mirza||Wajid Ali Shah
واجد علی شاہ
|1822||13 February 1847 – 11 February 1856||1 September 1887|
|Mohammadi Khanum||Begum Hazrat Mahal
بیگم حضرت محل
|1820||11 February 1856 – 5 July1857
Wife of Wajid Ali Shah and mother of Birjis Qadra (in rebellion)
|7 April 1879|
بر جیس قدر
|1845||5 July 1857 – 3 March 1858
|14 August 1893|
Saadat Ali Khan I, the first Nawab of Awadh, who laid the foundation of that state.
Shuja ud-Daula and his ten sons
Shuja-ud-Daulah on a hunt
Shuja's army in Oudh
Mumtaz-ud-Daulah of the Budh Royal Family attributed to Felice Beato
Gates of the Palace at Lucknow by W. Daniell, 1801.
Gate of the Lal-Bagh fort at Faizabad in 1801.
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