Celebrating the 50th year of the Pahlavi dynasty

His mother was a Muslim immigrant from Georgia (then part of the Russian Empire), whose family had emigrated to mainland Qajar Iran after homeland was forced to cede all of its territories in the Caucasus following the Russo-Persian Wars several decades prior to Reza Shah’s birth.His father was a Mazandarani, commissioned in the 7th Savadkuh Regiment, and served in the Anglo-Persian War in 1856.