The History of the World-conquering Nāder


Tārīkh-i jahānkushā-yi Nādirī (The history of the world-conquering Nāder) is a historical study of Iran and Afghanistan during the reign of Nāder Shah (1736−47), written by a contemporary. Nāder was born in 1688 into a humble pastoral family. He established his reputation as a skilled military commander in fighting with Afghan forces that had invaded Iran in 1719 and that for a time occupied Isfahan. He assumed the throne as ruler of Iran in March 1736. His reign was marked by wars with the Afghans, Mughals, Dagestanis, and Ottomans, and he eventually ruled over an empire that included Iran, northern India, and parts of Central Asia. Nāder was assassinated by a cabal of his officers in June 1747. This book was published as a lithographic print in 1875. The former owner's stamps appear on the verso of the title page and on page 3; catchwords are on the page versos. Lithographic printing was invented in Europe in the late 18th century and spread widely on the Indian subcontinent from the early 19th century onward, its popularity stemming from the relative ease with which it could be used to reproduce different scripts not based on the Latin alphabet.

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تاريخ جهانکشاى نادرى /‏ ‏از تأليفات بى نظير محمد مهدى بن محمد نصير استرابادى عفي الله عنهما ؛ بحسن اهتمام بندۀ درگاه کريم قاضى ابراهيم بن المرحوم قاضى نور محمد وملا نور الدين بن جيوا خان

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320 pages : lithographic printing ; 25 centimeters


  1. Ernest Tucker, “Nāder Shah,” Encyclopaedia Iranica,

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