Born Mirza Asadullah, sometime after 1700, he ascended as the Nawab of Bengal
under the title Mutaman ul-Mulk, Ala ud-Daula, Nawab Sarfaraz Khan
Bahadur, Haidar Jang , Nawab Nazim of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. He was earlier raised to the title of Sarfaraz Khan by the Mughal Emperor Farrukh Siyar
in 1720 and was the Diwan of Bengal from 1720-1726.
He was the elder son of Mutamad ul-Mulk, Shuja ud-Daula, Nawab Muhammad Shuja Khan Bahadur (Shuja-ud-Din Muhammad Khan
), Asad Jang, Nawab Nazim of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, by his first wife, Zainab un-nisa Begum Sahiba, daughter of Mutamad ul-Mulk, Ala ud-Daula, Nawab Murshid Quli Khan
Bahadur Nasiri, Nasir Jang, Nawab Nazim of Bengal and Orissa.
Sarfaraz Khan succeeded on the death of his maternal grandfather, 30 June 1727 but was deposed in favour of his own father, July 1727. He succeeded his father on his death, 13 March 1739 and remained the Nawab of Bengal
between 1739 and 1740 until being defeated by Alivardi Khan
Known to be an extremely pious, religious and moderate ruler he left the administration into the hands of his Nazims and Naib Nazims. Religious matters was his priority. This neglect in administrative matters resulted the gradual rise of Alivardi Khan
of Azimabad (Patna
Sarfaraz Khan became the Diwan
of Bengal for sometime early into the reign of his father Shuja-ud-Din Muhammad Khan
and later became the Nazim
of Jahangir Nagar (Dhaka). Sarfaraz, however,did... Read More