The Decline and Fall of The Zand Dynasty

- 52 - head north directly afterwards to the Bakhtiaris who would assist him to conquer Isfahan. Mohammad Khan Qajar, Chief of Mazandran, however, had left Isfahan to Tehran where he contracted a serious disease. From Kāzerūn via Shiraz, Ja‘far Khan attacked Isfahan aided by the Bakhtiari tribe members. Mohammad Khan Qajar was ousted from Isfahan and returned to Tehran. However, he soon returned anew with a military campaign to oust Ja‘far Khan from there. The encounter ended with Ja‘far Khan retreating to Shiraz where he remained for the rest of his life. The year 1786 and afterwards witnessed a number of events in several places. Ismail Khan, a cousin of Ja‘far Khan and the ruler of Hamadan, rebelled. Yazad was destabilized as a result of a serious siege. Lotf Ali Khan Zand conducted some successful military campaigns whereby he took over Isfahan, then he withdrew from there upon the arrival of the Qajar. He then took over Kerman and