Karim Khan Zand

Pages: 148
Subject: Religion: Islam
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: Illustrations, map

Karim Khan Zand

John R Perry

This insightful profile shows how Karim Zhan Zand succeeded in creating a peaceful and prosperous state in a particularly turbulent epoch of history.
9781851684359 (1 Oct 2006)
RRP £30.00 / US$40.00

The Book

Karim Khan Zand was an exceptional Persian ruler of the eighteenth century. Formerly an obscure Tribal chieftain, he came to power in the chaotic interregnum following the death of Nader Shah Afshar, a man celebrated for expelling the Afghan invaders from Iran but notorious for his subsequent tyranny. This comprehensive biography examines Karim Khan's time as leader and illustrates the evolution of Iran's unique identity among the emerging nations of western Asia. Arguing that Karim Khan's rule was the pivot in an era stretching from the 1500s, when the Safavid dynasty founded a kingdom with Imami Shi'ism as its official religion, to the revolt against the monarchy in 1979, this invaluable study provides a fascinating examination of the history of both Iran and one of its greatest leaders.

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 148
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations Illustrations, map


About the Author

John R. Perry is professor of Persian at the University of Chicago. He has written extensively on the Persian language and Karim Khan Zand.