Ali-Asghar Naghdi

Ali-Asghar Naghdi (1895–1966) was an Imperial Army general and served as the minister of defense in the governments of Hossein Ala', Mohammad Mosaddegh, Jafar Sharif-Emami, Ali Amini and Asadollah Alam.

Ali-Asghar Naghdi
Minister of War
In office
September 1960 – March 1964
Prime MinisterJafar Sharif-Emami
Ali Amini
Asadollah Alam
Succeeded byAsadollah Sanii
In office
March 1951 – December 1951
Prime MinisterHossein Ala'
Mohammad Mossadegh
Preceded byAbdollah Hedayat
Succeeded byMorteza Yazdanpanah
Personal details
Tehran, Iran
Died1966(1966-00-00) (aged 70–71)
Alma materKazakhkhaneh officer school
Military service
Allegiance Iran
Branch/serviceImperial Iranian Armed Forces
RankLieutenant general
CommandsCommander-in Chief of Iranian Armed Forces

Early lifeEdit

After completing his secondary education in the seminaries of the Qajar and Dar al Fonun schools, he entered the Kazakhkhaneh school and passed the course. He achieved the rank of officer and often participated in internal conflicts and showed great courage. Therefore, he received his ranks quickly and reached the rank of colonel, and he was very close to Reza Khan, and he was a companion in traveling and attending.[1] In 1912, he was sent to Europe by the army. He returned to Iran and commanded several infantry regiments. In 1931, he was in charge of commanding the Khuzestan Brigade, and after that he was the commander of several brigades in Tehran.

Minister of warEdit

Naghdi was named as the minister of war in Hossein Ala's cabinet in March 1951.[2] He became a lieutenant general in April 1951. In the first cabinet of Mohammad Mossadegh he was also the minister of war. However, his tenure did not last long, and he retired from the army. When the Imperial Inspectorate was established, he was elected deputy governor. In 1960, in the reshuffle of Jafar Sharif-Emami's cabinet, he returned to the cabinet as the minister of war. In the government headed by the Prime Minister Ali Amini, he was also the minister of war. In the first cabinet of Asadollah Alam he served in the same post. He was replaced by his deputy in a cabinet reshuffle.[3] He died in 1966.


  1. ^ Maki; Hossein, Twenty-year history of Iran, Tehran, Amirkabir, 1979, vol. 7, p. 378
  2. ^ "Martial Law In Persia". The Times. No. 51955. Tehran. 21 March 1951. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  3. ^ Tolouei, Mahmoud, Actors of the Pahlavi era, Tehran, Alam 1993, vol. 2, p. 925.