Nader Shah, ruler of Persia from 1736 to 1747, took
eighteenth-century Iran from political collapse to become the
dominant power in the region, recovering Herat and Kandahar,
conquering Moghul Delhi, plundering the enormous treasures of
India, repeatedly defeating Ottoman Turkey, and overrunning most
of what is now Iraq. But suspicion and avarice led him to
persecute the Persian people as savagely as any foreign conqueror
had done.... more...