The Military of Qajar Iran: The Features of an Irregular Army from the Eighteenth Century to the Early Twentieth Century (Iranian Studies)


In this article, Professors Uzi Rabi & Nugzar Ter-Oganov examine the parameters of the irregular army in Qajar Iran, including its assembly, numbers, and provisions, as well as the army's organizational structure: its administration and the divisions of the ad hoc forces (provincial militia and tribal cavalry) and of the standing forces (the shah's bodyguard and artillery corps). Until the creation of the so-called regular army units in Iran at the beginning of the nineteenth century, the irregular army was regarded as the only military force in the service of the Qajar dynasty.