Qajar Iran: Decline and Tumult, 1786–1921

  • Patrick Clawson
  • Michael Rubin
Part of the The Middle East in Focus book series (MEF)


The Qajar dynasty rose to power at the end of the eighteenth century. Once again, a strong military leader converted a string of military victories over internal competitors into a dynasty that would once again unite Iran. The rise of the Qajar dynasty coincided with the dawn of modern nationalism. During the more than 125 years of Qajar rule, the Iranian Empire transformed into a modern nation-state.1


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