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 Decree of toleration
(423 words)


Nādir Shah Afshār; Tahmāsp Qulī Khān; Nāder Shah

Date: 12 April 1736

Original Language: Persian


This is a royal decree apparently issued by Nādir shortly after his coronation on the Mughān steppe in Azerbaijan in the spring of 1736.

The decree notes that, according to the Prophet Muḥammad, the Christian community is composed of several different sects that follow rites and practices different from each other. Each of these sects is associated with a particular people (qawm), and each se…

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Tucker, Ernest, “ Decree of toleration”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <>

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