Battle of Gulnabad

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Battle of Gulnabad
Date Sunday, March 8, 1722
Location Gonabad, Razavi Khorasan, Iran
Result Decisive Afghan victory
Safavid dynasty Hotaki dynasty
Commanders and leaders
Mohammad Qoli Khan
Ali Mardan Khan
Rostam Khan
Seyyed Abdollah[1]
Mahmud Hotaki
Amanullah Khan
Ashraf Hotaki
50,000+[2][3] 20,000[4]
Casualties and losses
5,000-15,000 soldiers killed[3][5] unknown

The Battle of Gulnabad (Sunday, March 8, 1722) was fought between the military forces from Hotaki Dynasty and the army of the for decades declining Safavid Empire. It further cemented the eventual fall of the Safavid dynasty, who had been declining for decades.


After the war was won, the Hotaki's began slowly but sure to march on deeper into Persia, and eventually towards Isfahan, the Safavid Persian capital. Numbers and casualty figures of the Gulnabad battle are believed to be between 5,000 to 15,000 dead Safavid soldiers.

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  1. ^ a b Axworthy (2006), p. 47.
  2. ^ Malleson, George Bruce (1878). History of Afghanistan, from the Earliest Period to the Outbreak of the War of 1878. London: p. 246. ISBN 1-4021-7278-8. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  3. ^ a b "AN OUTLINE OF THE HISTORY OF PERSIA DURING THE LAST TWO CENTURIES (A.D. 1722-1922)". Edward G. Browne. London: Packard Humanities Institute. p. 30. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Last Afghan empire". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  5. ^ Axworthy, Michael (2006). The Sword of Persia: Nader Shah, from Tribal Warrior to Conquering Tyrant. London: I.B. Tauris. p. 50. ISBN 1-85043-706-8. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 

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