Line of succession to the former throne of Hyderabad

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The line of succession to the former throne of Hyderabad was by male primogeniture, regardless of legitimacy. As per Mughal Turkic custom, however, the ruling Nizam could exercise the option of designating any eligible male member of the dynasty as his successor.[1]

Possibly the wealthiest ruling dynasty in the world during the early 20th century, the Nizams of Hyderabad ruled over a vast and largely autonomous principality in central India from the early 18th century until 1948. Descended from a senior Mughal governor, the family is related by marriage to the imperial Ottoman dynasty. Each successive Nizam ("viceroy") adopted the title of "Asaf Jah" ("Dignified Equal of the Minister of Solomon"), and was fully styled as "Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar."[1]

In September 1948, a year after Indian independence, the principality was forcibly merged into India, with the last ruling Nizam, Asaf Jah VII, losing his sovereignty two years later upon the promulgation of the Indian constitution. He continued to maintain an official status as the Rajpramukh ("ruling head") of Hyderabad State until the position was abolished in 1956. At his death in 1967, he was succeeded by his grandson as the last officially recognised Nizam of Hyderabad. In 1971, the Indian government officially derecognised the dynasty, revoking its official status.[1]

Currently, the primary line of descent is from the last ruling Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, though there are numerous descendants in the male line from earlier Nizams.[1]

Present line of succession (partial)

Only the first 50 individuals in the presumed line of succession are listed below:

  • Simple silver crown.svg Asaf Jah VII, Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur (1886-1967)
    • Azam Jah, Nawab Mir Himayat Ali Khan Bahadur, Prince of Berar (1907-1970)
    • Prince Mua'zzam Jah, Nawab Mir Shuja'at Ali Khan Bahadur (1907-1987)
      • (7) Prince Shahamat Jah, Nawab Mir Shahamat Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1957)
    • Prince Kazim Jah, Nawab Mir Kazim Ali Khan Bahadur (1912-1952)
      • (8) Prince Ahmad Jah, Nawab Mir Ahmad Ali Khan Bahadur
        • (9) Sahibzada Mir Arshad Ali Khan
      • (10) Prince Baqir Jah, Nawab Mir Baqir Ali Khan Bahadur
        • (11) Sahibzada Mir Muhammad Jafar Ali Khan (born 1964)
        • (12) Sahibzada Mir Kausar Ali Khan (born 1966)
    • Prince Abid Jah, Nawab Mir Abid ‘Ali Khan Bahadur (1913-1988)
      • (13) Sahibzada Mir Banda ‘Ali Khan (born 1951)
        • (14) Sahibzada Mir Mushraf ‘Ali Khan (born 1969)
    • Prince Hashmat Jah, Nawab Mir Hashmat Ali Khan Bahadur (1913-1988)
      • (15) Nawab Mir Hassan Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1939)
      • (16) Nawab Mir Hussein Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1942)
      • (17) Nawab Mir Ata'ullah Khan Bahadur (born 1953)
      • (18) Nawab Mir Habib Khan Bahadur (born 1955)
      • (19) Nawab Mir Rahmat Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1963)
    • Prince Hashim Jah, Nawab Mir Muhammad Hashim Ali Khan Bahadur (1913-1991)
      • (20) Nawab Mir Shamsher Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1941)
      • (21) Nawab Mir Miraj Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1941)
      • (22) Nawab Mir Shahamat Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1942)
        • (23) Sahibzada Mir Bakhtiar Ali Khan (born 1964)
        • (24) Sahibzada Mir Sulaiman Ali Khan (born 1980)
      • (25) Nawab Mir Kawkab Ali Khan Bahadur (born 194?)
      • (26) Nawab Mir Zamin Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1948)
        • (27) Sahibzada Mir Muhammad Jafar Ali Khan (born 1978)
          • (28) Sahibzada Mir Haidar Ali Khan (born 2000)
          • (29) Sahibzada Mir Murtaza Ali Khan (born 2007)
      • (30) Nawab Mir Askar Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1950?)
        • (31) Sahibzada Mir Murtaza Ali Khan
      • (32) Nawab Mir Nusrat Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1950?)
        • (33) Sahibzada Mir Muhammad Hussein Ali Khan (born 1970)
      • (34) Nawab Mir Karam Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1956)
        • (35) Sahibzada Mir Osman Ali Khan (born 1985)
      • (36) Nawab Mir Najaf Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1964)
        • (37) Sahibzada Mir Muhammad Anas Khan (born 2001)
    • Prince Taqi Jah, Nawab Mir Taqi Ali Khan Bahadur (1913-1985)
      • (38) Nawab Mir Naqi Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1938)
      • (39) Nawab Mir Jafar Ali Khan Bahadur
    • Prince Sa'adat Jah, Nawab Mir Sa'adat Ali Khan Bahadur (1917-1988)
      • (40) Nawab Mir Firasat Ali Khan Bahadur
        • (41) Sahibzada Mir Riyasat Ali Khan
        • (42) Sahibzada Mir Karamat Ali Khan
        • (43) Sahibzada Mir Azmet Ali Khan (born 1963)
      • (44) Nawab Mir Siyadat Ali Khan Bahadur
        • (45) Sahibzada Mir Iradat Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1963)
      • (46) Nawab Mir Miraj Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1967)
        • (47) Sahibzada Mir Mazhar Ali Khan (born 198?)

Line of succession in September 1948

  • Simple silver crown.svg Asaf Jah VII, Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1886)
    • (1) Azam Jah, Nawab Mir Himayat Ali Khan Bahadur, Prince of Berar (born February 1907)
    • (4) Prince Mua'zzam Jah, Nawab Mir Shuja'at Ali Khan Bahadur (born December 1907)
    • (5) Nawab Mir Ahmad Ali Khan Bahadur (born March 1912)
    • (6) Prince Kasim Jah, Nawab Mir Kasim Ali Khan Bahadur (born July 1912)
      • (7) Prince Ahmad Jah, Nawab Mir Ahmad Ali Khan Bahadur
      • (8) Prince Baqir Jah, Nawab Mir Baqir Ali Khan Bahadur
    • (9) Prince Hashmat Jah, Nawab Mir Hashmat Ali Khan Bahadur (born January 1913)
      • (10) Nawab Mir Hassan Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1939)
      • (11) Nawab Mir Hussein Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1942)
    • (12) Prince Hashim Jah, Nawab Mir Muhammad Hashim Ali Khan Bahadur (born March 1913)
      • (13) Nawab Mir Shamsher Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1941)
      • (14) Nawab Mir Miraj Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1942)
      • (15) Nawab Mir Shahamat Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1942)
      • (16) Nawab Mir Kawkab Ali Khan Bahadur (born 194?)
    • (17) Prince Taqi Jah, Nawab Mir Taqi Ali Khan Bahadur (born June 1913)
      • (18) Nawab Mir Naqi Ali Khan Bahadur (born 1938)
      • (19) Nawab Mir Jafar Ali Khan Bahadur
    • (20) Prince Basharat Jah, Nawab Mir Basharat ‘Ali Khan Bahadur (born June 1915)
    • (21) Prince Rajjab Jah, Nawab Mir Rajjab ‘Ali Khan Bahadur (born May 1917)
    • (22) Prince Sa'adat Jah, Nawab Mir Sa'adat Ali Khan Bahadur (born November 1917)
      • (23) Nawab Mir Firasat Ali Khan Bahadur
      • (24) Nawab Mir Siyadat Ali Khan Bahadur
    • (25) Prince Zulfiqar Jah, Nawab Mir Zulfiqar ‘Ali Khan Bahadur (born May 1943)
    • (26) Prince Imdad Jah, Nawab Mir Imdad Ali Khan Bahadur (born September 1944)
    • (27) Prince Nawazat Jah, Nawab Mir Nawazish Ali Khan Bahadur (born October 1944)
    • (28) Prince Fazal Jah, Nawab Mir Fazal Ali Khan Bahadur (born March 1946)
    • (29) Prince Bhojat Jah, Nawab Mir Bhojat Ali Khan Bahadur (born October 1947)


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References

  1. ^ a b c d e Buyers, Christopher. "The Asaf Jahi Dynasty of Hyderabad: Genealogy". The Royal Ark. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
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