Khosrau IV

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Khosrau IV of Persia
Shahanshah of the Sasanian Empire.
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Reign 631
Predecessor Azarmidokht
Successor Azarmidokht
House House of Sasan
Father Mah-Adhur Gushnasp
Mother Kahar-dukht
Born Ērānshahr
Religion Zoroastrianism

Khosrau IV was an Sasanian usurper who ruled briefly in 631. Little is know about his rule, he appears to have ruled during a time of upheaval and chaos across the Sasanian Empire the 7th century has the century where Iran has plunged into its "dark ages". He was the son of Mah-Adhur Gushnasp, who was the minister of the Sasanian Empire during the reign of Ardashir III, and Kahar-dukht, the son of Yazdandar, who was the son of Khosrau I. His rule seems to coincide with other pretenders such as Hormizd VI so it is likely that he ruled a district or province rather than the Empire in its entirety. He was killed after a few days of reign.

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  • “Yazdgerd III’s Last Year: Coinage and History of Sistan at the End of Late Antiquity,” Iranistik: Deutschsprachige Zeitschrift fur iranistische Studien. Festschrift fur Erich Kettenhofen, eds. T. Daryaee & O. Tabibzadeh, 5. Jahrgang, Heft 1&2, 2006-2007(2009) by Touraj Daryaee.
  • Nabil Rastani (1 February 2012) "Sassanian Society" (article).
  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
Khosrau IV
Preceded by
Azarmidokht
Great King (Shah) of Persia
631
Succeeded by
Azarmidokht