Ali Mardan Khan
d. 1657/1067 AH
ʿALI-MARDĀN KHAN (d. Lahore, 1657), military leader and administrator under Safavid kings Shah ʿAbbās I and Shah Ṣafi, and Mughal ruler Shah Jahān. The son of the Safavid official Ganj-ʿAli Khan (d. 1624), he was a governor of Kandahar who surrendered the city to the Mughals in 1638. He was also an important patron of building projects in Kandahar and Lahore.


Mehrnoush Soroush, “ʿALI MARDĀN KHAN,” Encyclopædia Iranica, online edition, 2011, available at Consulted February 14, 2023. Archive at:

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علی مردان خان
ʿAli-Mardān Khan
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