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Afzal ad-Dawlah, Asaf Jah V Mir Tahniyath Ali Khan Siddiqi Bayafandi (11 October 1827 – 26 February 1869) was the ruling Nizam of Hyderabad, India, from 1857 to 1869.[1]

His Highness Asaf Jah V, Nizam ul-Mulk, Afzal ud-Daula, Nawab

Mir Tahniyat 'Ali Khan Siddiqi Bahadur

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Nizam of Hyderabad
Reign16 May 1857 - 26 February 1869
PredecessorNasir-ud-dawlah, Asaf Jah IV
SuccessorMir Mahboob Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI
Born(1827-10-11)11 October 1827
Gufran Manzil, Hyderabad State, British India
Died26 February 1869(1869-02-26) (aged 41)
Hyderabad, Hyderabad State, British India
SpouseSahebzadi Mahboob Begum
Sahebzadi Allah Rakhi Begum
Sahebzadi Hussaini Begum Saheba
IssueAsaf Jah VI
Full name
Afzal ad-Dawlah, Asaf Jah V Mir Tahniyath Ali Khan Siddiqi Bayafandi
HouseAsaf Jahi
FatherNasir-ud-dawlah, Asaf Jah IV
MotherSahebzadi Dilawar unisa Begum Saheba


Asaf Jah V's realm was divided into five subahs and sixteen districts; each subah was headed by a Subedar and each district by a Taluqdar.

Developmental reformsEdit

Reforms during his reign, by his Prime Minister Salar Jung, included the establishment of a governmental central treasury in 1855.

Asaf Jah V reformed the Hyderabad revenue and judicial systems, instituted a postal service and constructed the first rail and telegraph networks. In 1861 he was awarded the Star of India.[2]

During the regime of the Nizam V, Mir Tahniyath Ali Khan Siddiqi (Afzal-ud-Dawlah), Dar-ul-Uloom, the first regular educational institution of Hyderabad, was set up in 1854.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Asaf Jah V was the eldest son of Nasir-ud-dawlah, Asaf Jah IV "Mir Farqunda Ali Khan" and his wife Sahebzadi Dilawar unisa Begum Saheba. He was married three times, first to Sahebzadi Mahboob Begum Saheba, second to Sahebzadi Allah Rakhi Begum and third to Sahebzadi Hussaini Begum Saheba, and sired four sons and six daughters.


He died at Hyderabad on 26 February 1869, after a reign of just 12 years and was buried at the Mecca Masjid mosque.[4][5]

Style and titlesEdit

His Highness Sir Nizam-ul-Mulk, Afzal ad-Dawlah, Nawab Farooqi Mir Tahniat Ali Khan Siddiqi Bayafandi Bahadur, Asaf Jah V, GCSI, Nizam of Hyderabad.[6]


  1. ^ Law, John. Modern Hyderabad (Deccan). pp. 25–27.
  2. ^ Law, John. Modern Hyderabad (Deccan). pp. 34–37.
  3. ^ "Osmania University first to teach in blend of Urdu and English".
  4. ^ "Hyder8".
  5. ^ "Nasir-ud-Daula & Afzal-ud-daula | Telangana History: From Nizam's to Integration into Indian Union".
  6. ^ "Asaf Jahis (1724-1948)". Retrieved 21 September 2019.

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Preceded by
Nasir-ud-dawlah, Asaf Jah IV
Nizam of Hyderabad
Succeeded by
Mahbub Ali Khan Siddiqi, Asaf Jah VI