Not often you find such a nice & rare collectible from the Arabic-Islamic World. This Persian passport was issued when Persia was still a kingdom and ruled by the last King of the Qajar dynasty – Shah Ahmad (1909-1925). His successors were the last Kings of the Persian Monarchy – the Pahlavi dynasty (1925-1979). Since the revolution in Feb 1979 Persia (Iran) is officially named “Islamic Republic of Iran”.
Ahmad Shah Qajar (Persian: احمَد شاه قاجار) (January 21, 1898 – 21 February 1930) was Shah of Iran (Persia) from July 16, 1909, to October 31, 1925 and the last of the Qajar dynasty. Ahmad Shah acceded to the Peacock Throne on July 16, 1909, following the overthrow of his father and predecessor, Mohammad Ali Shah, who had attempted to reverse earlier constitutional restrictions on royal power, and thus enraged the majority of Iranians. It is alleged that Ahmad Shah was one of the most democratic-minded kings of Persia while other dismiss him as a weak ruler, uninterested in attending to the matters of government.
The passport was issued 1911 in Tehran for a 16 year old student travelling to Europe via Russia. Visas and revenues from Persia and Russia are on the front and back. The passport has a perforation line at the left part of the document (Annex B) and I believe this part should be normally kept with the passport office for their archive.