Sadiq Khan Zand
Karim Khan's death in March 1779 was followed by a power struggle. His sons Muhammad Ali Khan and Abol Fath Khan were declared co-rulers, but their rule was only nominal; real power was in the hands of their uncle Zaki Khan. After Zaki Khan's murder by the people of Isfahan, there was widespread rebellion. Ali Murad Khan, the commander of the royal army, who was sent to undermine a Qajar attack in the north, betrayed Abol Fath and left the capital defenseless. Karim Khan's brother Muhammad Sadiq, supported by the Nizari imam Abū-l-Ḥasan ʻAlī, collected an army in Kerman and invaded Shiraz, where he faced little resistance. On August 22, 1779, Abol Fath died from a heart attack and he became the ruler of Persia.
His cause of death is not known, but Ali Murad succeeded him.
- Farhad Daftary, The Ismāʿīlīs: Their History and Doctrines (Cambridge University Press, 1990: ISBN 0-521-42974-9), p. 500.
Mohammad Ali Khan
|Shah of Persia
Ali Murad Khan
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