Nadir Shah's Quest for Legitimacy in Post-Safavid Iran

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Juni 2006



Nadir Shah took throne of Iran after two centuries of Safavid control, but without "political legitimacy." Ascending from obscurity and without dynastic credentials, Nadir tried and failed to establish his right to rule the people of Iran from the 1720s until 1747. This biography of Nadir--the first scholarly study of its subject since 1938--tells how Nadir Shah's novel strategies influenced successive rulers of Iran in their own defense of power. The Safavids had their legitimacy on claims of descent from the seventh Imam and their role as defenders of Twelve Shi'ism. Nadir Shah sought of legitimize himself by recasting religious and ethnic differences in ideological terms. This new study relies on documents in the Ottoman archives to assess Nadir's reign in a new light. Though Nadir's schemes did not find acceptance, they were among the firs attempts to define political legitimacy in Iran in a modern context, and they would influence the country's politics centuries later. Scholars will find this book fills an enormous gap in understanding Iranian history.


Ernest Tucker is a professor of Middle Eastern history at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and the coauthor of a recent work on the 19th-century conflict between Imam Shamil and the Russians in the Caucasus.


"An extremely important work... Tucker masterfully investigates the question of Nadir Shah's political legitimacy in light of certain key events in his career. In doing so, he critically evaluates primary sources, thereby highlighting the crucial issues of historiography in understanding this history." - Sholeh A. Quinn, Ohio University"
EAN: 9780813029641
ISBN: 0813029643
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2006
Seitenanzahl: 150 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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