Nasir ad-Din

Nasir ad-Din

(nä`sər äd-dēn), 1831?–1896, shah of Persia (1848–96). He and his able vizier, Mirza Taqi Khan, were responsible for shaking Persia from a long period of inertia. He traveled extensively in Europe and brought back many Western ideas, some of which he applied to the reorganization of the government. Nasir ad-Din Shah had ambitions to reclaim the old Persian territories to the east and made an effort to wrest Herat from Afghanistan, but British intervention put an end to his hopes and forced Persia to recognize the claim of Afghanistan. Nasir ad-Din Shah granted numerous concessions to the British, including the Reuter concession in 1872 and the Imperial Bank of Persia in 1889. BabismBabism
, system of doctrines proclaimed in Persia in 1844 by Ali Muhammad of Shiraz. Influenced by the Shaykhi Shiite theology that viewed the Twelve Imams as incarnations of the Divine, Ali Muhammad proclaimed himself the Bab,
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 arose during his reign. He wrote travel diaries, and his simple and pithy style influenced later Persian literature. In later years, he resisted demands for reforms. He was assassinated by one of his subjects and was succeeded by Muzaffar ad-Din.
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Tehran, Oct 18 (ANI): Archaeologists have discovered ruins of an observatory that had been built by the Iranian polymath Khawja Nasir ad-Din Tusi at a castle during the 13th century in Iran.
The long period Khawja Nasir ad-Din Tusi lived in the Alamut Castle, archaeologists believe that he had most likely built an observatory in the castle.
By comparison with the Margheh Observatory, we learned that Khawja Nasir ad-Din Tusi had built the observatory after the structure at Alamut.
Nasir Ad-din Al-Tusi, in the 13th Century compiled astronomical tables and proposed a model for the study of planetary motion.
As an Islamicist, I was very interested in the way this Qajar monarchy under Nasir ad-Din worked with and against the formidable religious elements in nineteenth century Iran.