Sayed Morad Khan

Sayed Morad Khan, was a Shah of Iran who reigned from January 23, 1789 until May 10, 1789. He was the eighth king of the Zand dynasty. His brief reign is indicative of the ruthless and brutal struggle for power that prevailed among members of the Zand family following the death of Karim Khan Zand in 1779.

Sayed Morad Khan
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Shah of Iran
ReignJanuary 23, 1789 – May 10, 1789
PredecessorJafar Khan
SuccessorLotf Ali Khan
DynastyZand dynasty
FatherAli-Morad Khan Zand
ReligionTwelver Shia Islam
King Ali-Morad Khan Zand (centre), at his court beside an unnamed Princess (left) and his son: Prince Sayed Morad Khan (right)


Sayed Murad Khan was a member of the court of his predecessor, Jafar Khan, in the Zand capital of Shiraz. It was apparently Jafar Khan's treatment of Sayed Murad Khan that led the latter to plot the king's overthrow. Sayed Murad Khan had been governor of Shiraz but was later confined with his family and, according to one account beaten on Jafar Khan's orders in an effort to force him to divulge his wealth.[1]

In 1789 a group of individuals, led by Sayed Murad Khan conspired to poison Jafar Khan. A female slave was employed to carry out their wishes. Sayed Murad Khan and his followers overcame the weakened shah, killing him and throwing his head from the citadel.

After the murder of Jafar Khan, Sayed Murad became the king of Iran. Jafar Khan's son, Lotf Ali Khan, then marched to Shiraz, where he was popular among the people. Sayed Murad Khan held out for a short while in the city's citadel, but after reigning for less than 4 months he was forced to surrender and was executed. Lotf Ali Khan succeeded him on May 10, 1789.


  1. ^ Malcolm, John, The History of Persia, Vol. II, Part 1,1829 footnote, p. 106.


  • Perry, John R., Karim Khan Zand A History of Iran 1747-1779, ISBN 0-226-66098-2, Univ. of Chicago Press, 1979, pg. 299
  • Waring, Edward Scott, "A Tour to Sheeraz by the Route of Kazroon and Feerozabad", ISBN 1-4021-4338-9, Elibron Classics, 2005.

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Sayed Morad Khan
Born:  ? Died: 1789
Iranian royalty
Preceded by Shah of Iran
Succeeded by