The Zand tribe of Kurds originated in Luristan and rose to prominence during the chieftainship of Muhammad Karim Khan-e Zand. He became ruler of Southern Persia as Regent for the Safawi Ismail III in 1750. His death in 1779 resulted in a bitter succession dispute within his family which considerably weakened the dynasty and resulted in increasing power amongst the regional war lords and tribal chieftains. A long rivalry with these regional rulers finally resulted in the victory of the Qajars over Karim Khan's nephew in 1794 and the subsequent eclipse of the dynasty.
Karim Khan Zand together with his kinsmen
Copyrightę Christopher Buyers, August 2000 - February 2009