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The Alavi Family of Tehran
and Prof. Dr. M. Samsami Mohajer
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Some things about the origin of the Alavi families in the world have been written by 'Abdallah bin 'Alawi bin Hassan al-'Attas in his book Al-'Ilm un-Nabraas fi't Tanbeeh 'alaa Minhajj i'l Akyaas, which has been translated by Dr. Mostafa al-Badawi.
In this book it has been stated that the Alavi (Alawi) families in Hadramaut, India, Hijaz, Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and the rest of the world are the descendants of Imam Alawi bin Ubaidullah bin Ahmad bin Isa Al-Muhajjir who traces his ancestry directly to Rasulullah Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam.
In the book it has been written that:
The Alavi family in the following pages was already living in Tehran, before this town became the capital of Iran. There is a memory in the family of close relationship to other Alavi families and other families of descendants of the Prophet in Tehran. The Alavi family was one of the leading families of Tehran in the 19th and 20th century as it was well-connected in 'Bazaar, Court and Mosque'. It enjoyed having branches supporting government with high civil servants, politicians and military men as well as branches in opposition to government, both from the right, religious as from the left, democratic and later socialist (Toudeh) wings. In search of more education or political freedom, members of this family found their way to the west in the early 20th century, with a special focus on the Berlin of the Interbellum and Paris.
I. Seyyed Ali Mohammad Tehrani, lived in Tehran in the middle of the 18th century.
II. Mir Kashef, lived in Tehran in the second half of the 18th century.
III. Seyyed Agha Baba, born at the end of the 18th century and lived in Tehran.
IV. Agha Seyyed Mojtaba Ghannad, born about 1820, merchant, confectioner, manufacturer and shipowner with offices and factories in Tehran and (Bandar) Enzeli, he imported sugar from Russia, died 17 February 1904 or 1905; he married N.N. Khanoum Saghaffi.
Haj Seyyed Javad Khazeneh
V-1. Haj Seyyed Javad Khazaneh, born Tehran about 1845, mohasal vajoueh khazaneh (funds collector) of the National Treasury of Iran (1888/1889), khazanehdar (treasurer) of Iran under Nasser ed-Din Shah Qajar and Mozaffer ed-Din Shah Qajar, founder of a vaqf on some lands and houses in Tehran, went to Mecca after 1889, died Kerbala, buried Kerbala, he lived in a house between the streets named after him Khiaban Khazaneh and Koucheh Alavi; he married Hajji Khanoum, died Kerbala, buried Kerbala.
The granted letter of constitution being shown to the Iranian people in the house of Amin ol-Zarb/ Sitting first row, third from left the leading constitutionalist Haj Seyyed Mohammad Saraf (with cane),1906.
Haj Seyyed Mohammad Saraf, in the 1920s.
V-2. Haj Seyyed Mohammad Saraf, born 1853/1854 (1870 qamari), merchant, first seller of stockings, then banker and money-changer in Tehran in partnership with Agha Gholamhossein Khazan ol-Mamalek, the brother of Agha Hedayat Qazvini, taxcollector of the National Treasury. He sold this business before 1896 and founded -together with his brother Mir Kazem- a large trading firm on England and Russia. He was one of the leaders of the Constitutional Revolution in Tehran and became Member of Parliament (Deputy to the First Majles in 1906 for the Bankers of Tehran and Deputy in the Fourth Majles for the people of Tehran). After the bombarding of the Majles Building after the First Majles he guided people to the British Embassy and between the First and Fourth Majles he left politics, but later became one of the leaders of the Democratic Party. He died Kerbala 1927/1928, buried Kerbala; he married Hajji Galin Agha Saghaffi, died Tehran 1948/1949.
V-3. Haj Seyyed Aboutorab Alavi, merchant in Tehran.
V-4. Haj Seyyed (Mir) Kazem Alavi, merchant, banker and money-changer, partner in large trading company on England and Russia (with his brother Haj Seyyed Mohammad Saraf).
VI-1. Belgheis Khanoum 'Khanoum Najaffi', born Tehran about 1865, died in Tehran (before 1926), buried in the shrine of Hazrat Imam Reza in Mashad (where her son Hassan was keliddar); she married Hajji Mohammad Esmail Bolourforoush, born Tehran, merchant, manufacturer and importer of crystal objects and landowner in Tehran, died Tehran 1926, buried Qom in the cemetry of Ali Ebn Jafar, son of Hajji Abdollah Bolourforoush (of the Bolourforoushan Family), merchant, manufacturer and importer of crystal objects and landowner in Tehran, founder of a vaqf on 80 acres of his estate Vasfenard to the south-west of Tehran. He married a second wife, with whom he had a daughter Ghodrat Khanoum, who died aged 20.
VI-2. Masoumeh Khanoum 'Hajji Galin Agha', she married Hajji Seyyed Abolghassem Alavi Hosseinian, cloth merchant in Tehran.
VI-3. Fakhr os-Sharieh, she married 1st Seyyed Mir Hossein Khan Sartip, Brigadier-General of the Imperial Iranian Army; she married 2ndly Seyyed Ardakani, clergyman and theologian in Kerbala.
VI-4. Haj Seyyed Mehdi Alavi, merchant, Secretary of Transport, Head of the Department of Roads in the Province of Azarbeijan (in Astara), Head of Customs, later lawyer in Tehran, died Tehran 1936/1937; he married Ghodsieh Hajjieh Agha Galin, born about 1881, died 7 December 1964, daughter of Amin ol-Tojar, a famous merchant from Kurdistan, and Hajjieh Khanoum.
VI-5. Seyyed Abolhassan Alavi, born Tehran 1877, politician and publisher (with Taghizadeh) from Germany of the Kaveh Newspaper, died Berlin 927; he married Khadijeh Ghamar Sadat (Moini), born Tehran about 1885, died Tehran 1939, daughter of Hajji Seyyed Mojtaba, merchant in Tehran, traded on Russia.
VI-6. Seyyed Abolfath Fadai Alavi, high civil servant, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Finance, died Tehran 1973/1974; he married Merafagh Tabatabai, died Tehran 1981, daughter of Seyyed Mohammad Sadegh Tabatabai, founder and director of a madresseh, Member of Parliament, Iranian Ambassador to Kaboul, Iranian Ambassador to Istanbul, Member and Speaker of Parliament, Senator (son of Ayatolla Seyyed Mohammad Tabatabai), and Khanoum Khanoumha Tabatabai.
VI-7. Seyyed Hamid Alavi, civil servant Ministry of Finance; he married Efat Sotoudeh.
VI-8. Fatemeh Khanoum Alavi 'Khanoum Khanoumha', died Tehran 1980s; she married Haj Seyyed Reza Alavi, merchant, Member of Parliament of Iran, son of Haj Seyyed (Mir) Kazem Alavi.
VI-9. Agha Seyyed Bagher Alavi, merchant in Tehran; he married his cousin Agha Galin as-Sadat Alavi, daughter of Haj Seyyed (Mir) Kazem Alavi.
VI-10. Haj Seyyed Abbas Alavi, he married 1st N.N. Khanoum Taghavi, sister of Jamal ed-Din Taghavi, Minister of Justice of Iran; he married 2ndly Sedig Azam Guity, sister of Khalil Guity, Chef of Court Ceremony at the Court of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahalavi and a cousin of Amir Houshang Guity.
VI-11. Haj Seyyed Reza Alavi, merchant, Member of Parliament of Iran, he married his cousin Fatemeh Khanoum Alavi 'Khanoum Khanoumha', daughter of Haj Seyyed Mohammad Saraf and Hajji Galin Agha Saghaffi.
VI-12. Agha Galin as-Sadat Alavi, she married her cousin Agha Seyyed Bagher Alavi, merchant in Tehran, son of Haj Seyyed Aboutorab Alavi, merchant in Tehran.
VII-1. Khanoum Motlagh, born about 1880, died Tehran 1953 (aged 73); she married 1st (later divorced) Mohammad Saatsaz Shirazi, watchmaker in Tehran; she married 2ndly Agha Akhund Fazel, clergyman in Tehran, a wise and learned man.
VII-2. Monir Agha, born about 1890; she married 1st (later divorced) Hajji Khan Mofrad 'Hajeb Khalvat', Chamberlain at the Qajar Court, died Tehran 1943; she married 2ndly Sheikh Abou Jafar, high civil servant, responsible for registration in Tehran.
VII-3. Marziyeh 'Esmat es-Sadat', born Tehran 1895, died Tehran 1963; she married Agha Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hesabi 'Nasr os-Sadat', born Tafresh 1852, clergyman in Tehran, died Tehran 1930, son of Mir Mostafa Hesabi, landowner in Tafresh, and Razieh Khanoum.
VII-4. Kobra Khanoum 'Shams ol-Molouk' Khazaneh (later Samsami-Mohajer), born Tehran 1897, founder of the second girls school in Tehran, died Tehran 23 June 1975; she married 1st Hajji Mohammad Bagher Guity, merchant of cloth and shawls in Tehran, died Tehran 1915, son of Hajji Abdolhossein Kashi, merchant and landowner; she married 2ndly Reza Gholi Khan Samsami Mohajer 'Rafi ol-Molk', born 1888, provincial governor (farmandar), Head of the Archaeological Department and Deputy Minister of Education, died Tehran 25 April 1956, son of Mostafa Gholi Khan 'Rafat ol-Molk', mirpanj in the Imperial Iranian Army and landowner, and Sadri Jahan Khanoum; he married 1st (divorced) Ozra Khanoum and 2ndly Malek Taj Katousian.
VII-5. Agha Hossein Barjesteh, born Tehran 1899, merchant and studied in Russia, famous lawyer in Tehran, died Tehran 1972; he married a) Tehran 1927 Effat (Afat) Mir Abdolbaghi, born Tehran 1911, daughter of Mirza Ali Mohammad Abdolbaghi, merchant in Tehran, and Masoumeh Danesh; he married b) Fatemeh Kangar, born Damavand, died in the U.S.A. about 1970.
VII-6. Haj Agha Hassan Mazloumi, later Barjesteh, born Tehran 1901, clergyman and Keeper of the Keys (keliddar) of the Shrine of Hazrat Imam Reza in Mashad, after the attack by order of Reza Shah of soldiers on the Holy Shrine he decided to stop his career as a clergyman as he did not wish to give in to the pressure of Reza Shah and he returned to Tehran, arbitragant (mostly in business disputes) and landowner in Tehran, died Tehran 10 June 1969, buried in the Courtyard of the Shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh (next to the shrine itself) in Qom; he married a) Tehran 1925 Monirazam as-Sadat Dargahi, born Tehran 1909, died Tehran 1997, daughter of Haj Seyyed Mirza Daragahi, cloth merchant and landowner in Tehran and Darakeh, and Heshmat Khanoum Shakeri 'Khanoum Afagh'; he married b) Tehran 1942 Princess Parivash Salour 'Ehteram ed-Doleh', Secretary of the Bank Melli, owner of several estates and villages, died Tehran 5 November 1974, daughter of Prince Hossein Gholi Mirza Salour 'Amir Toman' 'Emad os-Saltaneh', General of Artillery, and Zahra Khanoum (Khanoum Shazdeh); she married 1st Mohammad Hossein Hesabi 'Amid ol-Molk', Director of the National Iranian Post Company, died 1928, son of Mirza Ali Asghar Khan Hesabi 'Nosrat ol-Molk' and Princess Masoumeh Khanoum (Haj Shazdeh Agha) Salour.
VII-7. Khadijeh Khanoum Alavi 'Mohtaramol-Hajjieh', she married Haj Seyyed Hossein Hosseinian Tehrani, merchant in Tehran.
VII-8. Hajji Seyyed Reza Alavi, cloth merchant in Tehran; he married Ehteram Sadat Hosseinian 'Ehteram ol-Hajjieh', daughter of Hajji Seyyed Mohammad Hosseinian, merchant and money-collector for Ayatolla Boroujerdi, and Nosrat Sadat.
VII-9. Fakhr os-Sadat Alavi 'Fakhr ol-Hajjieh', she married her cousin Hajji Esmail Sabouhi, merchant in Tehran.
VII-10. Tahereh Khanoum Alavi 'Monir ol-Hajjieh', born Tehran 1898; she married Abbas Javad Aghayoun, born 1887, died 1979.
VII-11. Haj Seyyed Agha Mir Alavi, born Tehran 1907, cloth merchant and clergyman in Tehran; he married Shamsi Alavi Hosseinian, daughter of Hajji Seyyed Mohammad Hosseinian, merchant and money-collector for Ayatolla Boroujerdi, and Nosrat Sadat.
Seyyed Mohammad Khazaneh 'Seyyed ol-Araghein' with King Talal of Jordan
VII-12. Seyyed Mohammad Khazaneh 'Seyyed ol-Araghein', theologian and politician, Head of the Sepahsalar Mosque and Head of the Faculty of Theology in Tehran, friend of many heads of state in the Middle East, owner of real estate in Iran, Egypt and Iraq, died Tehran 1958; he married 1st his cousin (from father's side) Ashraf (Nahid) Sadat; he married 2ndly Nouran Khanoum.
VII-13. Seyyed Hassan Alavi, born ..., Deputy Minister of Posts and Telegraphs of Iran, Managing-Director of the Iranian Telephone Company, died ..., he married 1st Malek Taj Tabiralai, born around 1899, died 1985; he married 2ndly Banou Akram, Director of a Primary School in Tehran.
Ahmad Alavi, student in Paris, 1927
VII-14. Dr. Mohandes Ahmad Alavi, born Tehran 25 May 1900, studied in Berlin and Paris. He graduated in Paris and returned to Tehran. He was an outstanding engineer, a pioneer in the field of electricity, electrical and mechanical engineering in Iran, as such he was Chief of the Telephone Division of the Ministry of PTT, Director of a coppersmelting plant, Chief of the Training Division of the Ministry of Roads, Director General and later Deputy Minister (or Under Secretary) of the Ministry of Roads, later he was Secretary General of the High Council of Labour, next to that all he was the publisher of the Edalat Newspaper and wrote more than a thousand articles on social and political topics and several books on road construction, Iranian frontiers and history, died about 1980; he married ... Banou Azam Nikzad, born ..., died ...., daughter of Gholam Reza Nikzad (Toutounchian), the well-known tobacco merchant in Kashan, later in Tehran, and ...
Dr. Mohandes Ahmad Alavi with his family in 1947.
VII-15. Amirzadeh Khanoum Alavi, born about 1906; she married Dr. Malek Afzali, Medical Doctor, physician in Tehran.
VII-16. Sarlashgar Hossein Alavi, born 27 August 1913, General and Commander of Iranian Artillery, Head of the War College in Iran, died Tehran ...; he married 1st ... (later divorced) Shokou Dargahi, born ..., daughter of ...; he married 2ndly Tehran 19 March 1952 Masoumeh Farzad, born ..., died ..., daughter of Sarhang Fazlollah Farzad, Army Colonel, and Toba Ehsani.
VII-17. Efat os-Sadat Alavi, born ..., died ....; she married ... Moshirzadeh, employee of the Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs of Iran.
VII-18. Prof. Dr. Seyyed Mojtaba (Bozorg) Alavi, born Tehran 2 February 1904 (or 1905, he was not sure about the year himself), famous writer, teacher of German at the Technical School in Shiraz, Professor of German Language at the Industrial College of Iran and Germany in Tehran, he went to prison accused of membership of the Communist Party 1936-1941, member of the Editorial Staff of the Mardom Newspaper, employee of Victoria House attached to the British Embassy, employee of the Society of Cultural Relationship between Iran and the USSR, Professor at the Humboldt University, East Berlin, died Berlin 18 February 1997; he married 1st 1936 Gita Scheinnesonn, born Brussels ..., daughter of ...; he married 2ndly ... his cousin Fatameh Alavi, born ..., daughter of Seyyed Abolfath Fadai Alavi and Merafagh (Mehrangis) Tabatabai; he married 3rd Berlin 10 November 1956 Gertrud Paarszh, born Halle a/d Salle 31 March 1921, employee of a Medical and Technical Institute in Berlin, daughter of Paul Paarszh and Marthe Kitzing.
VII-19. Seyyed Mostafa Alavi, born Tehran ... 1907, civil servant in Tehran, died London ... 1978; he married ... 1943 Najmi Afjei, born ..., daughter of ... and ...
Shahzanan Alavi (1915)
VII-20. Shahzanan Alavi, born Tehran 1915, died ... 29 November 1999; she married 1934/1935 Sarhang Ali Asghar Vaziri, born 1900, Colonel in the Iranian Army, died Tehran 14 January 1984, son of ... and .... He was a brother of Colonel Ali Naghi Vaziri, born 1887, the first Iranian composer of written music and founder of the first higher school of music in Iran.
VII-21. Najmi es-Sadat Alavi, born Tehran 20 December 1919, historian, teacher of history at a secondary school, since December 1946 research historian in Bakou, later broadcaster in Moscow; she married Rezayeh 21 March 1941 Dr. Morad Aziz Razmavar, born Kermanshah 1918, Major in the Iranian Army, later political economist in Moscow, died Las Palmas 10 April 1981, son of ...
VII-22. Fatemeh Alavi, born ..., she lives in Tehran; she married 1st ... Prof. Dr. Seyyed Mojtaba (Bozorg) Alavi; she married 2ndly Tehran 17 dee 1330 Nasser Gholi Farhadpour, born Tehran 1 farvadin 1300 (1922), economist and journalist in Tehran, since 1946 in the service of the government, Inspector-General of the Ministry of Labour of Fars Province, Supervisor in the Department of Labour of Kermanshah Province, Head of the Department of Information and Publications in the Directorate General of Publications and Publicity, Head of the Foreign Publicity Section of that Department, counsellor in the Ministry of Finance, editor of the daily Asia-ye Democrat, Director-General of the Iranian Government Press since 1958, Member of Parliament (on Mardon Party ticket), son of ....
Dr. Mani Alavi, Zari Farhadpour and Morad Farhadpour.
VII-23. Batoul Alavi, born ...; she married Tehran Summer 1945 Seyyed Ali Tabatabai, born 4 bahman 1297, Iranian diplomat in Afghanistan, later Deputy Secretary-General CENTO in Ankara, Turkey. second-in-command SAVAK, son of Ayatolla Seyyed Abolghassem Tabatabai and Sedigheh Malekeh Zaman Sari Aslani.
VII-24. Mohandes Seyyed Houshang Alavi, architect in Tehran.
VII-25. Nikou Alavi, lives in U.S.A.
VII-26. Minou Alavi, born ..., teacher of ... at a secondary school in Tehran; she married Iraj Zand.
VII-27. Golbou Alavi, born ..., she married Dr. Famili, dentist in Tehran.
VII-28 (also VII-36). Maleksadat Alavi, she married Hajji Seyyed Bagher Sadat Darbandi, merchant and poet in Tehran.
VII-29 (also VII-37). Heshmat os-Sadat Alavi, born Tehran, bank employee, died Tehran 1991; she married (later divorced) Ali Asghar Salashour, officer in the Imperial Iranian Army; she married 2ndly Abolfazl Parvizi.
VII-30 (also VII-38). Dr. Seyyed Mohsen Alavi, Medical Doctor in Tehran.
VII-31 (also VII-39). Seyyed Hossein Alavi.
VII-32 (also VII-40). Fakhr os-Sadat Alavi, she married Abolfazl Parvizi.
VII-33. Dr. Seyyed Hossein Alavi, he married Shamsafagh Saghafi.
VII-34. Mohandes Massoud Alavi, Engineer, Manager Iranian Water Company.
VII-35. Dr. Seyyed Mansour Alavi.
VII-36 (also VII-28). Maleksadat Alavi, she married Hajji Seyyed Bagher Sadat Darbandi, merchant and poet in Tehran.
VII-37 (also VII-29). Heshmat os-Sadat Alavi, born Tehran, bank employee, died Tehran 1991; she married (later divorced) Ali Asghar Salashour, officer in the Imperial Iranian Army; she married 2ndly Abolfazl Parvizi.
VII-38 (also VII-30). Dr. Seyyed Mohsen Alavi, Medical Doctor in Tehran.
VII-39 (also VII-31). Seyyed Hossein Alavi.
VII-40 (also VII-32). Fakhr os-Sadat Alavi, she married Abolfazl Parvizi.