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The Lion of Persia
A Poilitical Biography of Prince Farmān-Farmā
Mansoureh Ettehadieh

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Prince 'Abd al-Hoseyn Farmān-Farmā (1858-1939) was one of the most important Iranian statesmen of the Qajar era. His life spanned the reigns of five shahs and two dynasties, and in the course of his long political career he was appointed governor of a number of strategically located provinces at crucial moments in Iranian history and served in many cabinets as minister of interior, justice, and war, briefly acceding to the prime ministership in 1915-16. This political biography traces the ups and downs of his career and evaluates his achievements and failures against the background of political intrigue, the beginnings of popular mobilization, and the machinations of foreign powers fighting each other for control over a country whose strategic location made it a key arena of the Great Game

Mansoureh Ettehadieh was a professor of history at the University of Tehran until her retirement in 2001. She is the author of nine books, editor or co-editor of eighteen books, and translator of four books. In 1982 she founded the Nashr-e Tārikh-e Irān, a private research institute in Tehran dedicated to the publica- tion of history books.