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Mirza Aqa Khan Nuri (Persian: میرزا آقاخان نوری‎), otherwise known as Aqa Khan Nuri, E'temad-ol Dowleh (born 1807 – died 1865) was a politician in Qajar Iran, who served as prime minister (ṣadr-e aʿẓam) between 1851-58 during the reign of king Naser al-Din Shah Qajar (r. 1848–1896).


Their family, known as the Nuri family, originated as part of the local nobility of the Nur region in Mazandaran, a province which they owned until the coup by Reza Shah (previously an illiterate army officer who climbed up the ranks of the army and staged a coup backed by the British)in 1926 when he took Mazandaran for himself plus many of the other estates owned by the Nuri family. Mirza Aga Khan Nuri had great power under the rule of Nasir-al-Din Shah Qajar and he controlled the Shah, advising him against letting the British into the country to train the Persian army; instead, he favoured the Austrians. This caused great antagonism between the British and the Shah and he was pressured into letting his Prime Minister go. Mirza Agha Khan Nuri had also planned to import the Industrial Revolution to Persia, making it economically and politically powerful. The Nuri family were prominently visible both in the bureaucracy of the state as well as the army.[1] He died in Qom on 10 March 1865, being "possibly a victim of foul play organized by his enemies".[1]


  1. ^ a b Amanat 1998, pp. 658-662.


  • Amanat, Abbas (1998). "EʿTEMĀD-AL-DAWLA, ĀQĀ KHAN NŪRĪ". Encyclopaedia Iranica, Vol. VIII, Fasc. 6. pp. 658–662.