Ottoman–Persian War (1730–35)

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Ottoman–Persian War (1730–35)
Part of the Naderian Wars and the
Ottoman-Persian Wars
1730 Ottens Map of Persia (Iran, Iraq, Turkey) - Geographicus - RegnumPersicum-ottens-1730.jpg
The Ottoman & Persian empires in the near-east during the eighteenth century
Date 1730–1735
Location Caucasus, Mesopotamia, Western Persia

Decisive Persian victory[1]

Nader expels the Ottomans from western Persia and re-establishes Persian suzerainty over the Caucasus. The Russians also withdraw from the Caucasus.[2][3]

Safavid Empire

Ottoman Empire Ottoman Empire

Commanders and leaders
Tahmasp II (deposed by Nader)
Abbas III (vassal of Nader)
Nader (de facto Shah)
Mahmud I
Topal Osman Pasha 
Hekimoğlu Ali Pasha
Köprülü Abdullah Pasha 
Ahmad Pasha
The names of the official sovereigns are in bold.

The Ottoman–Persian War of 1730–1735 was a conflict between the forces of the Safavid Empire and those of the Ottoman Empire. After Ottoman support had failed to keep the Hotaki dynasty on the Persian throne, the Ottoman possessions in western Persia, which were granted to them by the Hotaki dynasty, came under risk of re-incorporation into the newly resurgent Persian Empire. The talented Safavid general, Nader, gave the Ottomans an ultimatum to withdraw which the Ottomans chose to ignore. A series of campaigns followed with each side gaining the upper hand in a succession of tumultuous events which spanned half a decade. Finally with the Persian victory at Yeghevard, the Ottomans sued for peace, recognising Persian territorial integrity as well as Persian hegemony over the Caucasus.


In the spring of 1730, Nader attacked the Ottomans and regained most of the territory lost during the collapse of the Safavid Empire in the late 1720s. The Abdali Afghans which had been subdued in an earlier campaign rebelled and besieged Mashhad, forcing Nader to suspend his campaign and save his brother, Ebrahim who was trapped in Mashhad. It took Nader fourteen months to defeat the Abdali Afghans who put up fierce resistance.

Relations between Nader and the Shah had declined as the latter grew jealous of his general's military successes. While Nader was absent in the east, Tahmasp tried to assert himself by launching a foolhardy campaign to recapture Yerevan. He ended up losing all of Nader's recent gains to the Ottomans, and signed a treaty ceding Georgia and Armenia in exchange for Tabriz. Nader saw that the moment had come to ease Tahmasp from power. He denounced the treaty, seeking popular support for a war against the Ottomans. In Isfahan, Nader got Tahmasp drunk then showed him to the courtiers asking if a man in such a state was fit to rule. In 1732 he forced Tahmasp to abdicate in favor of the Shah's baby son, Abbas III, to whom Nader became regent.

Nader decided he could win back the territory in Armenia and Georgia by seizing Ottoman Baghdad and then offering it in exchange for the lost provinces, but his plan went badly amiss when his army was routed by the Ottoman general Topal Osman Pasha near the city in 1733. Nader decided he needed to regain the initiative as soon as possible to save his position because revolts were already breaking out in Persia. He faced Topal again again and defeated and killed him. He then besieged Ganja in the northern provinces, earning a Russian alliance against the Ottomans. Nader scored a great victory over a superior Ottoman force at Yeghevard and by the summer of 1735, Armenia and Georgia were his again. In March 1735, he signed a treaty with the Russians in Ganja by which the latter agreed to withdraw all of their troops from Persian territory.[2][4]


The success of Nader's campaigns were such that his prestige swayed many of the Persian elites and he capitalised on the opportunity to overthrow the Safavids and establish his own, the Afsharid dynasty. Nader's next campaign took him to Qandahar where he overthrew the Hotaki dynasty once and for all before going on to invade India. Nader also launched his first campaign against the Lezgis during the Perso-Ottoman war of 1730-1735.

See also


  1. Axworthy, Michael (2009). The Sword of Persia: Nader Shah, from tribal warrior to conquering tyrant, p. 205. I. B. Tauris
  2. 2.0 2.1 Elton L. Daniel, "The History of Iran" (Greenwood Press 2000) p.94
  3. Lawrence Lockhart Nadir Shah (London, 1938)
  4. Lawrence Lockhart Nadir Shah (London, 1938)