Battle of Gulnabad

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Battle of Gulnabad
Part of Hotaki-Safavid War

A diagram of the battle as well as casualties
DateSunday, March 8, 1722
Result Hotaki victory
Safavid Empire Hotaki dynasty
Commanders and leaders
Mohammad Qoli Khan
Ali Mardan Khan
Rustam Khan 
Philippe Colombe 
Seyyed Abdollah[1]
Mahmud Hotaki
Amanullah Khan
Ashraf Hotaki


  • 24 cannon


Casualties and losses
5,000–15,000[4][7] Unknown, believed to be light

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


After the battle was won, the Hotaks began slowly but surely 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 and 15,000 dead Safavid soldiers.

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  1. ^ a b Axworthy (2006), p. 47.
  2. ^ Axworthy, Michael(2009). The Sword of Persia: Nader Shah, from tribal warrior to conquering tyrant, p. 75. I.B. Tauris
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b "An Outline of the History of Persia During the Last Two CenturiesAN (A.D. 1722–1922)". Edward G. Browne. London: Packard Humanities Institute. p. 30. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  5. ^ A Global Chronology of Conflict: From the Ancient World to the Modern Middle East, ed. Spencer C. Tucker, (ABC-CLIO, 2010), 726.
  6. ^ Axworthy, Michael(2009). The Sword of Persia: Nader Shah, from tribal warrior to conquering tyrant, p. 45. I.B. Tauris
  7. ^ 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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