[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Sunday, 21 Dey 1365 – 10 Jumada l-Ula 1407 – 11 January 1987

[Issue No.:] 18077

[Page:] 6

 

A look at the role and position of Amir Kabir in the anti-imperialist movements of the people of Iran— First Part

Amir Kabir; A lifetime of struggle in the path of independence for Iran

Gholamreza Fadaie – The representative of the people of Arak at the Parliament

. . . The conditions in the beginning of the ministry of Mirza Taghi Khan Amir Kabir were so chaotic that division of the country was a real possibility, and even very close. The interference by Russia and Britain in competition with each other, the influence and betrayal of the men of the Court who were under the influence of foreigners, and various conspiracies, even in religious form, such as the insurrection of the Bab and Agha Khan Mahallati, had put the country in danger of being divided. . .

In Kerman, in the absence of Fazl-Ali Khan, people had started a mutiny. In Zanjan, one of the followers of the Bab, called Mulla Mohammad-Ali Zanjani, led an uprising until Mohammad Khan Biglarbeigi killed him at the behest of Amir Kabir, and peace was restored.  Most importantly, in Mashhad, the insurrection of Salar, son of Asefoddoleh, had taken place at the instigation of the British (Amir Kabir or the Hero of the Struggle against Imperialism). Robert Grant Watson, Secretary of the British Embassy writes:

“At this time, it was openly predicted that the rule of the Qajar would end soon, and Iran would be divided.”