books of the month
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

Nadir Shah's Quest for Legitimacy in Post-safavid Iran by Ernest Edward Tucker
  

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

Synopsis

Nadir Shah's Quest for Legitimacy in Post-safavid Iran by Ernest Edward Tucker

Nadir Shah took the 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 based their legitimacy on claims of descent from the seventh Imam and their role as defenders of Twelver Shi'ism. Nadir Shah sought to 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 first 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.

Reviews

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


About the Author

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.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

15th June 2006

Author

Ernest Edward Tucker

More books by Ernest Edward Tucker
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

University Press of Florida

Format

Hardback
176 pages

Categories


Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
Biography: historical, political & military

ISBN

9780813029641

With literary excellence, humour and drama, Lovereading's got value and is a real stress-calmer!

Siobhan McDowell

Their sending me my first book to review 18 months ago re-awakened my fondness for reading, since then I have purchased some real gems.

Barry Griffiths

Love Reading - it not only does what it says on the tin, it does it with Jam on!!

Maz Tucker

It gives a chance to read about new titles, invites comments from all kinds of readers and is run by such a nice bunch of book lovers.

Joy Bosworth

I love the newsletter with reviews of all the new books coming out. Can't wait to open it when it arrives in my inbox.

Rachel Aygin

Lovereading is not only an amazing site, but it's one of my very favourites. It's like visiting a fascinating bookstore, but better.

Rebecca Jayne Barrett

Lovereading recommends, honestly reviews and promotes books-what more can I say?!

Rachel Bridgeman

Lovereading is like booking a holiday, you don't know what it will be like and it is a whole new experience.

Sue Burton

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools