The Decline and Fall of The Zand Dynasty

- 7 - Preface This is the story of Karim Khan Zand, a man of humble origins from the Kurdish tribe of Zand, Lorestan. He rose to glory as he became an army commander under Nader Shah whose death on 24th June, 1747 CE, instigated serious conflicts among many adversaries over the coveted throne of Persia. Karim Khan Zand overcame the other contenders especially that the infant grandson of the last Safavid king was crowned with Karim Khan as his selfappointed custodian. Soon afterwards, the puppet king was removed for Karim Khan to declare himself King of Persia. Following the death of Karim Khan,