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Mirza Nasrullah Khan (Persian: میرزا نصرالله خان نایینی‎; 1840 – 13 September 1907), titled Moshir al-Dowleh, was the first Iranian Prime Minister. He became Prime Minister of Iran following the introduction of the Persian Constitution of 1906, establishing Iran's first legitimate government approved by the Majlis on 7 October 1906. Before becoming Prime Minister, he had served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He died in circumstances said to be suspicious and was buried in Imamzadeh Saleh of Tajrish.

Mirza Nasrullah Khan
نصرالله مشیرالدوله
Nasrullah Moshir al-Dowleh.jpg
1st Prime Minister of Iran
In office
1 August 1906 – 17 March 1907
MonarchMozaffar ad-Din
Mohammad Ali
Preceded byAbdol Majid Mirza (as Premier of Persia)
Succeeded byAli Asghar Khan
Personal details
Born1840
Nain, Persia
Died13 September 1907 (aged 67)
Tehran, Persia
ChildrenHassan Pirnia
Hossein Pirnia

Early lifeEdit

Born in 1840 to a family of religious leaders, he grew up in Nain before later travelling to Tehran. In 1862 he married the daughter of wealthy merchant named Mirza Taghi Ajoodan. They had two sons, Hassan and Hossein, who would later draft the Persian Constitution of 1906 and play key roles in Iranian politics during the later Qajar period. Nasrullah, working his way up through the ranks of government, became the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1898.

Prime MinistershipEdit

Nasrullah became the first prime minister of Iran under the new Iranian Constitution of 1906. Although he resigned on 17 March 1907, his cabinet remained in place until 1 May 1907. After Nasrullah's death, his eldest son Hassan Pirnia inherited the title of Moshir al-Dowleh before also serving as Prime Minister the following decade.

SourcesEdit

  • Jane Lewisohn, Flowers of Persian Song and Music: Davud Pirniā and the Genesis of the Golhā Programs, Journal of Persianate Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 79–101 (2008)


Political offices
Preceded by
Abdol Majid Mirza
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1902–1905
Succeeded by
Mirza Abdulvahab Khan
Preceded by
None
Prime Minister of Iran
1906–1907
Mirza Ali Asghar Khan Amin al-Soltan