The Influence of Social Grounds on the Process of Nadir's Legitimacy_ Seeking

پژوهش های تاریخی. 2015;7(2):33-52


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Journal Title: پژوهش های تاریخی

ISSN: 2008-6253 (Print); 2476-3306 (Online)

Publisher: University of Isfahan

LCC Subject Category: History (General) and history of Europe: History of Asia

Country of publisher: Iran, Islamic Republic of

Language of fulltext: Persian

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Adel Shabani (Isfahan.University of Isfahan.Department of History)
Ali Akbar Jafari (Isfahan.University of Isfahan)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The fall of Isfahan in 1135 A.H/1722 A.D followed with the fall of Safavids. In this situation, different groups endeavored to take power by providing social grounds. These groups tried not only to take advantages of Safavids' legitimacy, but also to weaken the power of the legitimacy of this dynasty. In such condition, Nadir wined to be pioneer in preparing social grounds by employing his military and political activities. Legitimacy_ seeking efforts of Nadir were a continuous process that led to the most significant social change of the first half of twelfth century, i.e. the elimination of Safavids. Undoubtedly, thesocial grounds of this change were the activities of Nadir in society which dramatically suffered after fall of Isfahan. This  research is a social history one which aims to explain the attempts of Nadir for providing the social grounds of his sovereignty and considers this issue by employing descriptive- analytical method. The results of this study demonstrate that although Nadir could take power by military achievements, establishment of council of Dasht-e Moqan and control of this council by various trends, he was unable to establish stable government. Thus, his activities are regarded as a social change and could not make a great change in society of Iran notably in principles of government's legitimacy.