Karim Khan Zand

Pages: 160
Subject: Religion: Islam
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic
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.
Hardback
9781851684359 (1 Oct 2006)
RRP £25.00 / US$30.00

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.

 

CONTENTS


List of Illustrations

Preface

 

1 IRAN AND THE WORLD IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

Iran and its People

The Safavid Dynasty

Nader Shah Afshar

First-Person Testimony: Sheikh Hazin

 

2 THE RETURN OF THE ZANDS

The Lurs Go Home

Safavid Pretenders

Enter the Qajars

Pretenders Lost and Found

 

3 THE CONQUEST OF THE NORTH, 1759-1763

Exploits of Mohammad Khan and Sheykh-Ali Khan Zand

First-Person Testimony: Le Sieur Simon

Neutralization of the Qajars

Azerbaijan: The Defeat of Azad and Fath-Ali Khan

 

4 CONSOLIDATION OF THE CENTER, 1763-1766

Retribution and purges

Reconquest of the south: the revolt of Zaki Khan Zand

Lar, Yazd, and Kerman: the two Taqis

Curbing the Qajars, 1759-1777

 

5 THE PERSIAN GULF AND KHUZISTAN

Kharg Island: The Dutch and Mir Mahanna

Perspicacious Semi-Fiction: The "Rostam of Histories”

The Banu Ka'b

War with the Pashalik of Baghdad, 1774-1779

 

6 KARIM KHAN'S DEATH AND SUCCESSION, 1779-1795

Reigns of Zaki, Sadeq, Ali-Morad, and Ja'far Khan Zand (1779-1789)

Lotf-Ali Khan Zand (1789-1994)

First-Person Testimony: Mr Jones and Lotf-Ali Khan's diamonds

The Qajar Conquest

 

7 PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT AND FOREIGN RELATIONS

Western approaches

The Caspian Rim and Azerbaijan

Georgia and Transaraxia: into the Russian Orbit

Ottoman Turkey and India

The Dutch and French East India Companies

The British East India Company

 

8 KARIM KHAN'S CHARACTER AND ACHIEVEMENTS

The people's deputy

Religious policies

Rebuilding the economy

Rebuilding Shiraz

Leisure and the arts

The legend and the legacy

 

Bibliography

Index

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 160
Imprint Oneworld Academic
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.