Supporting the religious minorities in Iran by Amir the Great

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It can be said that Amir the great is one of the key officials in Qajar government who could stand against Baha’ism. In his period of time, the deviant cult of Baha’ism failed to achieve its goals. Amir tried hard to block expansion of the Babism sedition.

     The Iranian history considers Amir the great as a liberal man and reformist who was fond of the advancement and rise of Iran. He was sacrificed for defending the country’s freedom and independence.

      The historians agree on Amir’s noble morality and political intelligence and capabilities unanimously. They have spoken about his great services in the political, economic, military and judicial domains and also his efficient dynamism in reforming civil affairs and morals and taking positive experiences of the west and strengthening the foundations of industry and national economy. He has tried hard to preserve citizenship rights and was lenient with the official minorities of the country.

     Hassan Morselvand, the contemporary researcher writes: “Amir believed in a kind of religious leniency confronting the religious minorities and was trying for the believers of various religions to be supported by the Iranian government.” The Iranian researcher adduces Ladi Sheil’s (the British ambassador’s wife) speech and also Amir’s order to Yazd and Khouzestan rulers to observe their citizenship rights of Sabei and Zoroastrian minorities.

     Leidi Sheil believes that a few Iranian Zoroastrians seek asylum to the British embassy garden in Tehran city (to be kept out of the opponents’ aggression) and writes: “At the present time, this shelter has become less than before cos the then chancellor [Amir the great] is a humanitarian man and is interested in attracting this shelterless assembly who had been troubled by previous bigot and local rulers.”

     Amir writes a letter for Yazd ruler: “Because each one of various religions and nations has been supported by this government and mobs have been allowed to Yazd city by the king; so support this Zoroastrian clan…”

     Morselvand has written: “Although Amir was lenient with the religious minorities; but he combated and braved against the new religion makers; that is, Seyyed Ali Muhammad Bab and his followers because he considered them to be against the national unity and he Iranian independence.”


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