Afshars | Article about Afshars by The Free Dictionary
a Turkic-speaking people living primarily in northern Iran and also in some other areas of Iran; also in Turkey and Afghanistan (near Kabul). In 1967 the total population was estimated at more than 350,000. The Af-shars lead a semisedentary way of life; they are engaged in herding and breeding livestock and partially in farming. Their religion is the Shiite doctrine of Islam.
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21) True, the Afshars and the Zands were able periodically to defeat their rivals and place one of their own on the throne.
The rise of the Qajars was particularly beneficial to the ulama when one considers the anti-clerical orientations of their predecessors, Nadir Shah Afshar (1736-47) and Karim Khan Zand (1750-79).