Ishaq Jahangiri Iran Senior Vice President is the most well-known among the Jahangiri brothers. He has held several key positions since the beginning of the revolution, including being a parliamentary representative, governor of Isfahan, and later serving in the Iran Reformist government’s Ministry of Industries. To reach Koh Shah, a rural mountain located between Baft and Jiroft cities, one must travel north from Hajiabad in Hormozgan province or south from Orzuye in Kerman province. Koh Shah is situated among mineral mountains and surrounded by bitter almond and olive trees.
The area is deprived and has limited transportation options. Despite the village coming after the family name of the first vice president, Ishaq Jahangiri Kohshahi was not born there. His family origins are believed to be somewhere between Baft, Jiroft, Hormozgan, and Sirjan.
Hassan Jahangiri, the father of the family, used to work at the Abdasht chromite mine, which was one of the mines in Esfandeh. However, his time in Esfandeh and working in the mine ended before the birth of his sons, Ishaq and his four other brothers, and the Jahangiri family moved to Sirjan. After leaving the Abdasht Mine, Hasan Jahangiri worked as an employee at the Agriculture Department of Sirjan until his retirement. Hassan Jahangiri lived in Sirjan for most of his life, until his death in July 1989.
Ishaq Jahangiri remembers his father as someone more tolerant than his mother when Ishaq was in charge of the Kerman Jihad and had to go to the front line of the Iran-Iraq war all the time. Ishaq’s mother worried he would be killed after his brothers Yaqub and Muhammad, but his father was more understanding.
The Jahangiri family had five sons, including Ishaq and Mehdi who were relatively more famous, and Ibrahim who was less known in the country. Unfortunately, two of the Jahangiri brothers were killed. One was killed in the early days of the war, and the other in the Badr operation in 1963. Ishaq narrates the story of his brother Muhammad’s death: “My brother went to Howeiza and fought alongside Chamran in the irregular wars. He was killed in Sosangerd in November of 1959. When I received the news of his death, I was in charge of Jihad Jiraft and immediately went to Kerman, but Muhammad’s body had not arrived yet. It took 400 days until Sosangerd was liberated and Muhammad’s body was finally returned to us.”
Ibrahim Jahangiri, who is also a member of the same family, has a similar story. When he campaigned for the election of the Islamic Council, he was disqualified due to some reasons. In his campaign video, he mentioned his brother, who was the first martyr of Sirjan. Ebrahim’s brother’s sacrifice for his country remains an important part of their family’s history and legacy.
When the ceremony of the funeral was to be held, those responsible were not familiar with the proper way to conduct it. At the time, I was the principal of Bastani Parisi Elementary School. It was there that I received news of my brother’s death through the Sirjan Gendarmerie. They instructed me to come to Sirjan, where my friends and I were informed of his passing.
Mohammad Jahangiri was part of the Kerman soldiers and bravely fought in the front line of Iran-Iraq War, but unfortunately, he was martyred. He was born in 1941 and was the fourth child of the Jahangiri family. His older brother, Yaqub, was born in 1938 and was also martyred in 1963.
The first child of the family is Ibrahim. He was born in 1936, just a year before Ishaq. Until two years ago, Ibrahim Jahangiri was not very well-known, and hardly anyone had heard of him before 1992. He was one of the first administrators to be appointed in Kerman province during the presidency of Hassan Rouhani. In the Iran reformist government, he served as the deputy director of the Kerman Education Department and retired during the 9th and 10th governments. Just a few months after the presidency of Hassan Rouhani and even before the introduction of the new governor of Kerman Province, he was invited to work as the director general of the Kerman Education Department. Ibrahim Jahangiri, who, according to those around him, is the calmest among the Jahangiri brothers, soon appeared in another role. In 1993, more than a year before the 10th Iran Parliament elections, he was introduced as the official candidate of the Sirjan Reformists in the parliamentary elections by the Sirjan Reformists Council.
Ebrahim Jahangiri reluctantly entered the field of elections after his reformist friends voted for him in a meeting, making him the top candidate for parliamentary elections. However, he was not informed of their decision and only found out through virtual networks. Ebrahim’s journey towards qualification for the Islamic Council was filled with obstacles and even he still doesn’t understand why he wasn’t approved. He was disqualified from the Majlis elections multiple times until the very last moment. Despite rumors that he would be allowed to run, he was ultimately disqualified, leaving Sirjan’s reformists with no alternative candidate while Jahangiri’s opponent relied on the support of Baharestan.
After Abraham, Ishaq is the second child in the family. When he travels from Sirjan to Kerman for university studies, his academic life becomes completely overshadowed by his political activities. Ishaq studied physics at Kerman University and became part of the politically active student group known as the Islamic Student Society. This group engaged in political campaigns even before the revolution. The group consisted of religious youths such as Seyyed Hossein Marashi, Yadullah Eslami, Mohammad Ali Karimi, and Ishaq Jahangiri. The members of this organization had an intellectual and organizational connection with Kerman’s governor at that time, Hamid Mirzadeh, which led Hossein Marashi to become the political-security deputy of the Kerman governorate in the first few years after the revolution’s success.
After Marashi’s tenure, many members of the Islamic community found new political positions. When Gholamhossein Karbaschi became the governor of Tehran after serving as Isfahan’s governor, Ishaq was appointed as the governor of Isfahan during Hashemi Rafsanjani’s administration. Ishaq also served as an executive in the Ministry of Industries and Mines during the reformist government before Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became president. Among the Jahangiri brothers, Ishaq is the most politically active. He is not hesitant to participate in the Congress of Construction Agents Party as the first vice president. Ishaq was also one of the first founders of the Construction Agents Party and is a member of the Baran Foundation.
Hasan Jahangiri has a youngest son named Kuhshahi. He is the most frugal among all the Jahangiri brothers. In 1994, there was an important meeting between Mahdi and Ishaq. The meeting was held on the sidelines of a joint gathering of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce and the Vice President. According to the Kerman Economy Weekly, the meeting was attended by the Governor General of the Central Bank and the Minister of Industry, Mining, and Trade, making it a significant event. The conversations between Ishaq and Mehdi were documented by numerous photographers. It is important to note that the elder brother is the representative of the government, while the younger brother is the vice-chairman of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce.
Brother of Iran Senior Vice President established the Tourism Financial Group and later founded the private company, “Semga” (Cultural Heritage and Tourism Investment of Iran). Through Semga, he created several subcategories, including the Tourism Bank, Cultural Heritage and Tourism Investment Company of Iran, Bonab Sanat Steel Complex, Negin Investment Company, Mahan Mining and Industries Holding, Omid Ofoq Tourism Development, Iranian Ofoq Tourism Company, Karad Applied Scientific Training Center, Iranian Tourism Club Company, Pars Tourism Card Company, Iran Tourism Information Technology Development Company, Pars Ziggurat Service and Welfare Complex Development Company, and Aria Ziggurat Tourism Development Company. This financial reserve, along with his family’s assignment to the government of Tadbir and Omid, gradually provoked criticism among the fundamentalists.