The Sword of Persia 6

Nader Shah From Tribal Warrior to Conquering Tyrant

Michael Axworthy

 

When an Ottoman envoy visited Isfahan to confirm the treaty in the spring of 1729, Ashraf`s courtiers accommodated him outside the city and did their best to conceal from him the state of the citizens. But it was plain to him that they were miserable, that many were starving, and all lived in fear of wanton robbery, murder and arson by their Afghan overlords. The condition of population of Persia generally was grim at this time. In the Ottoman sector women and children had routinely been sold into slavery until an edict ended the practice at the end of 1725. Elsewhere trade was at a standstill, discouraged by the political instability, general brigandage and uncertainty; and the economy was collapsing. Deaths due to war, famine and disease, along with emigration, are estimated to have caused a drop in population by up to third. Ashraf had issued an edict giving a list of races, in order of the treatment they should expect. First came the Afghans themselves, then Armenians, then the Dargazins (Sunnis from an area of western Persia near Hamadan who had joined forces with the Afghans), then the Indian merchants (known an banyans), then the Zoroastrians, then the Jews, and finally- ` The Seventh and Last Rank is to the Natural Persians, who are treated like Slaves by six other Nations. `The occupiers (whether Afghan, Ottoman or Russian) were generally hated….
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