KURWAI

 

The Firoz Khel Dynasty

GENEALOGY

Kurrani
I
Kodi
I
Syed Mohammad Wark
(founder of the Warakzai)
I
Toeie
I
Moti Khwaja
I
Daulat
I
Mir Firoz
(founder of the Firoz Khel)
I
Sham ‘Ali
(with whom we treat)

Sardar Sham ‘Ali Khan, son of Mir Firuz Khan Warakzai. He had issue, two sons:
 
1713 - 1722 ‘Ali Martabat, Amir ud-Daula, Nawab Muhammad Diler Khan Bahadur, Diler Jang, Nawab of Kurwai. b. at Kandahar, Afghanistan, ca. 1670, second son of Mir Wali Khan, a cousin of Nawab Dost Muhammad Khan of Bhopal. Seized Kurwai in 1713 and established his independent rule. Constructed Kurwai Fort in 1715. Appointed as Imperial Governor (Qiladar) of the fort, granted thirty-one parganas and the titles of Nawab and Diler Jang Bahadur, by Emperor Farukhsiyar in 1717. Served under Maharaja Sawai Man Singh I of Jaipur in the campaign against Kotah, and under Asaf Jah I of Hyderabad in his contest with Dilawar ‘Ali Khan 1720. Rewarded for his services by Emperor Muhammad Shah with eleven khilat, the command of a mansab of 5,000 zat, the grant of Royal insignia the Mahi-o-Maratib and a set of Naqqaray drums, and prom. to the title of Amir ud-Daula. m. before 1715, Shahdurri Bibi (d. at Balhara, bur. there), sister of Nawab Nasru’llah Khan, of Kandahar. He was k. in a quarrel with his cousin Nawab Dost Muhammad Khan of Bhopal, at Berasia, before 12th October 1722 (bur. there at the Islampura Cemetery), having had issue, six sons:
 
1722 - 1762 ‘Ali Jah, Iqbal Nishan Nawab Muhammad Izzat Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Kurwai, third son of ‘Ali Martabat, Amir ud-Daula, Nawab Muhammad Diler Khan Bahadur, Diler Jang, Nawab of Kurwai, by his wife, Shahdurri Bibi, educ. privately. Entered the service of Asaf Jah I of Hyderabad. Succeeded on the death of his father before 12th October 1722, Kurwai being administered by his younger brother Ahsanu’llah, during his absence in the Deccan. Returned to Kurwai and succeeded in lifting the siege imposed by Sardar Malhar Rao Holkar, ca. 1727. Served with the Marathas at the Third Battle of Panipat in January 1761, where he was severely wounded. Treated by the physicians of Ahmad Shah Abdali after the defeat, then entered his service under his own maternal uncle, Nasru’llah Khan. Appointed to a mansab of 7,000, raised to the rank and title of ‘Ali Jah, granted eleven khilat, and rewarded with twenty-two parganas in Malwa. He d. at Kurwai Fort, 1762 (bur. at the family cemetery outside the Fort), having had issue, three sons:
 
1762 - 1792 Walashan Nawab Muhammad Hurmut Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Kurwai, eldest son of ‘Ali Jah, Iqbal Nishan Nawab Muhammad Izzat Khan Bahadur, Nawab of Kurwai, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his father, 1762. Tricked into visiting Himmatgarh, near Poona, he was incarcerated and tortured until he eventually agreed to pay an indemnity of Rs 3 lakhs and cede several villages to the Peshwa. Sided with the British in 1783 and was therefore marked out for special persecution by the Marathas. Kurwai, which had once been as large in extent as Bhopal, thereafter lost large tracts of territory to their oppressors. m. (first) Khair un-nisa Begum Sahiba, daughter of Nawab Muhammad Nasir ud-din Haider, sometime Wazir to the Emperor. m. (second) ca. 1742, Zuleikha Begum Sahiba, daughter of Nawab Sultan Muhammad Khan Sahib Bahadur, Nawab of Dar ul-Iqbal-i-Bhopal. He d. at Kurwai Fort, 1792 (bur. at the family cemetery outside the Fort), having had issue, nine sons:
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