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Ali Shah Crowned

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June, 25, 1747 A.D.:
Ali Shah Crowned

By: Mir M.Hosseini

After assassination of Nader Shah, his nephew Ali made a solemn entry into the capital of Khorasan, where he killed all heirs to the throne. The unfortunate Reza Gholi, Nasrollah, and 17 others of the imperial family, were massacred; but Shahrokh Afshar, a beautiful boy about fourteen years old, was kept privately in a tower, whence Ali designed to bring him to the throne, and to assume the regency during his minority, if his own government was not accepted by public.
On June, 25 he was crowned by the name of Adel Shah. But led a life, the least worthy of a powerful king. In the meantime his brother Ibrahim revolted against him and in a battle near Zanjan defeated Ali's army. Ali was made prisoner and condemned to lose his eyes.
Ibrahim found himself at the head of a great army: but the young Prince Shahrokh Afshar stood between him and the crown. He sent one of his ministers to Mashhad, with a declaration, that he recognized Shahrokh Afshar was the undoubted heir of two royal families. Indeed, he was seizing an opportunity to eliminate him. After repeated oaths of fidelity by chiefs of Khorasan, Shahrokh was brought to the palace; where on September, 20th he was declared the king.
Ibrahim found out that his project had failed and staged a rebellion but he was soon deserted and betrayed by his guards. He was sent in chains with his brother Ali to Mashhad where they were both slain.
Shahrokh Afshar did not enjoy tranquility for a long time and a pretender to the crown concerted a plot against the Shah, and tore out the eyes of the unfortunate king. As the blindness of Shahrokh Afshar made him incapable, by the laws, he retained only the name of King, while all his affairs were conducted by his ministers.

KEY TERMS:Afshar , Gholi , Khorasan , Mashhad , Nader Shah , Nasrollah , Reza Gholi , Shah , Shahrokh Afshar , Zanj , Zanjan

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