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Legacy of Nader Shah Afshar (r. 1736-1747) in Iran

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“The [Iranians] speak of [Nāder Shāh] as a deliverer and a destroyer; but while they dwell with pride on his deeds of glory, they express more pity than horror for the cruel enormities which disgraced the latter years of his reign; and neither his crimes, nor his attempt to abolish their religion, have subdued their gratitude and veneration for the hero, who revived in the breasts of his degraded countrymen a sense of their former fame, and who restored Persia to independence”–Sir John Malcolm (d. 1833), quoted in Ann K. Lambton, “The Tribal Resurgence and the Decline of the Bureaucracy in the Eighteenth Century, “in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Islamic History (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1977) eds. Thomas Naff and Roger Owen, p. 116


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