Khan Ahmad Khan
|Khan Ahmad Khan II|
|King of the Kia'i dynasty|
Baghdad, or Constantinople (then part of the Ottoman Empire)
|Religion||Zaidiyyah, later Twelver Shia Islam|
Khan Ahmad Khan II Gilani (1537-1596) was the last king of the Kia'i dynasty in Gilan. In 1591, Shah Abbas asked Ahmad's daughter to marry his son Safi Mirza, since Ahmad had no male successor. Ahmad disagreed due to age of his daughter. This and some other economic factors caused a Safavid raid in 1591 and Ahmad escaped to Ottoman territories, and spent the rest of his life in Constantinople and Baghdad, spending fruitless attempts to return to power. He died in 1596 and was buried in Najaf, one of the holiest cities of Shia Islam.
Birth and early reign
Ahmad's father, Hassan II, died in 1538 because of plague. Ahmad then became king of the Kia'i dynasty.