Khosrow IV

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

Khosrow IV was a Sasanian usurper who ruled briefly in 631. Little is known 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 daughter 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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  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
Khosrow IV
Preceded by
Azarmidokht
Great King (Shah) of Persia
631
Succeeded by
Azarmidokht