15 Facts About Afsharid Iran


Afsharid Iran, referred as the Afsharid Empire was an Iranian empire established by the Turkoman Afshar tribe in Iran's north-eastern province of Khorasan, ruling Iran (Persia).

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Finally, the Afsharid dynasty was overthrown by Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar in 1796, who would establish a new native Iranian empire and restore Iranian suzerainty over several of the aforementioned regions.

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Afsharid Iran agreed and thus became a figure of national importance.

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Afsharid Iran ended up losing all of Nader's recent gains to the Ottomans, and signed a treaty ceding Georgia and Armenia in exchange for Tabriz.

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Afsharid Iran denounced the treaty, seeking popular support for a war against the Ottomans.

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Afsharid Iran faced Topal again with a larger force and defeated and killed him.

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Afsharid Iran then besieged Baghdad, as well as Ganja in the northern provinces, earning a Russian alliance against the Ottomans.

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Afsharid Iran began to suspect his son was behind the attempt and confined him to Tehran.

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Afsharid Iran ordered the execution of all Nader's sons and grandsons, with the exception of the 13-year-old Shahrokh, the son of Reza Qoli.

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Afsharid Iran reigned in Mashhad and from the 1750s his territory was mostly confined to the city and its environs.

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Afsharid Iran believed that Safavid Shi'ism had intensified the conflict with the Sunni Ottoman Empire.

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Afsharid Iran's army was a mix of Shi'a and Sunni and included his own Qizilbash as well as Uzbeks, Afghans, Christian Georgians and Armenians, and others.

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Afsharid Iran wanted Persia to adopt a form of religion that would be more acceptable to Sunnis and suggested that Persia adopt a form of Shi'ism he called "Ja'fari", in honour of the sixth Shi'a imam Ja'far al-Sadiq.

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Afsharid Iran banned certain Shi'a practices which were particularly offensive to Sunnis, such as the cursing of the first three caliphs.

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Afsharid Iran had the chief mullah of Persia strangled after he was heard expressing support for the Safavids.

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