Ahmad Amir-Ahmadi

Lieutenant general Ahmad Amir-Ahmadi (1884–1965) was a military leader and cabinet Minister of Iran.

Ahmad Amir-Ahmadi
احمد امیراحمدی
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Isfahan, Qajar Iran
Died25 November 1965(1965-11-25) (aged 81)
Tehran, Iran
Hadi Mosque, Ray
Years of service1898–1949
RankIIArmy-Sepahbod.png Lieutenant general
AwardsOrder of Zolfaghar (Imperial Era) Ribbon Bar - Imperial Iran.svg Order of Zolfaghar
Order of Saint Anna ribbon bar.svg Order of Saint Anna
Spouse(s)Touran Tofighi

Born in 1884 in Isfahan, of an aristocratic Persian family, he is one of the planners of the coup d'état of Reza Pahlavi, Colonel Mohammad Taqi Pessian, his brother-in-law General Heydaygholi Pessian and Seyyed Zia'eddin Tabatabaee against the Qajar dynasty. He is the first person to receive the rank of "sepahbod" (corps general or lieutenant general) under Reza Shah Pahlavi. He and his brother-in-law Heydargholli Pessian had planned to create a more democratic Iran but he later told his sister that 'the British would not allow it'.[1]

He served as Minister of War in the cabinet of Ali Soheili in 1942, and Abdolhosein Hazhir in 1948. Following the departure of Reza Shah from Iran, Amir-Ahmadi became the minister of interior in Foroughi's cabinet, and then in Qavam-os-saltaneh and Soheili's cabinets he was the minister of war. Military governor of Tehran, commandant of the central garrison and the inspector of army were among his many responsibilities. After his retirement he entered the Senate as an appointed senator. He died of cancer in 1965.[2]

He also served as Senator in the Majlis.

It was said he was the only man Reza Pahlavi truly respected and feared. His sister was married into the Pessian family,[3] and after the assassination of Colonel Pessian, she arranged for his body to be hidden from Reza Pahlavi.

He played a leading role in the suppression of Luri revolts in 1920s and 1930s. The brutality reported at the time was later proved to be manufactured as had other reports of brutality.[4][5][6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Unveiled, Love and Death Among the Ayatollahs
  2. ^ http://iichs.org/index_en.asp?id=970&doc_cat=16
  3. ^ →Unveiled, Love and Death among the Ayatollahs
  4. ^ Douglas, William O. (1951). Strange Lands and Friendly People. Harper. p. 104. ISBN 978-1199639806.
  5. ^ Douglas, William O. (1951). "Justice Douglas on Iran: The people reveal some causes of its instability". LIFE. p. 132.
  6. ^ Cronin, Stephanie (2007). Tribal Politics in Iran: Rural Conflict and the New State, 1921–1941. Routledge. p. 26. ISBN 9781134138005.
  • 'Alí Rizā Awsatí (عليرضا اوسطى), Iran in the Past Three Centuries (Irān dar Se Qarn-e Goz̲ashteh – ايران در سه قرن گذشته), Volumes 1 and 2 (Paktāb Publishing – انتشارات پاکتاب, Tehran, Iran, 2003). ISBN 964-93406-6-1 (Vol. 1), ISBN 964-93406-5-3 (Vol. 2).


  1. ^ *Love and Death Among the Ayatollahs(ISBN 9780340617946)