Jahangir Quli Beg

Lālah Beg (Persian: لاله بیگ), better known as Jahāngīr Qulī Beg and later as Jahāngīr Qulī Khān (Persian: جهانگیر قلي خان), was the Subahdar (governor) of Bengal between 1607 and 1608, during the reign of Mughal emperor Jahangir.[1]

  • باز بهادر
  • Bāz Bahādur
Jahangir Quli Khan
Portrait of Jahangir Beg, Jansipar Khan.jpg
Subahdar of Bengal
In office
Preceded byQutubuddin Koka
Succeeded byIslam Khan I
Personal details
Lalah Baig
Bengal Subah, Mughal Empire
  • Nizam (father)

Early lifeEdit

Beg was born into a family of Muslim Persianate Turks. His father, Nizam, served as a librarian for the Mughal emperor Humayun.[2][1]


At a young age, Beg became the personal servant of Mirza Muhammad Hakim, the second son of emperor Humayun. He then served under Prince Salim (later known as Emperor Jahangir) during the reign of emperor Akbar. From then on, Lalah became known as Jahangir Quli (Jahangir's coolie/servant) and was also given the title of Baz Bahadur.[1][2] His title was also later upgraded from Baig to Khan, thus becoming known as Jahangir Quli Khan.[3]: 308 

Beg rose through the ranks, from becoming a mansabdar of 1500 to that of 4000 horses as well as the Governor of Bihar, within a month of Jahangir's accession to the throne. Following the death of Qutubuddin Koka, Beg was appointed as the next Subahdar of Bengal and became a mansabdar of 5000 personal and horse.[2]

Death and legacyEdit

Being already in his advanced age, he suffered from illness due to the climate of the Bengal province. Consequently, he died within a year of his office.[1] The thanadars (locality officers) that Beg had appointed in Orissa subsequently returned to Akbarnagar, leaving the Governor of Orissa Hashim Khan (son of Qasim Khan Chishti) on his own for a while. These officers were later ordered to return to Orissa during the office of Subahdar Islam Khan I, and all returned on time except Raja Kalyan (son of Todar Mal).[3]: 10 

Preceded by Subahdar of Bengal
Succeeded by

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Khan, Muazzam Hussain (2012). "Jahangir Quli Beg". In Islam, Sirajul; Miah, Sajahan; Khanam, Mahfuza; Ahmed, Sabbir (eds.). Banglapedia: the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Online ed.). Dhaka, Bangladesh: Banglapedia Trust, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. ISBN 984-32-0576-6. OCLC 52727562. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Nathan, Mirza (1936). M. I. Borah (ed.). Baharistan-I-Ghaybi – Volume II. Gauhati, Assam, British Raj: Government of Assam. p. 789.
  3. ^ a b Nathan, Mirza (1936). M. I. Borah (ed.). Baharistan-I-Ghaybi – Volume 1. Gauhati, Assam, British Raj: Government of Assam. pp. 10–308.