His Highness Shah Zaman’s Military Forces and Their Pay
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[56c] The essence and core of the royal forces were the 12,000 troopers of the ghulam squadrons. Most of them were either Mongol (Hazarah) or Qizilbash. A minority were from other ethnic groups. Ahmad Shah brought the Qizilbash from Iran to Afghanistan and gave them the designation “ghulams of the house.” Up to Shah Zaman’s time, they were relatively few in number. Their numerous off-spring have since gone mostly into government service. The Qizilbash and Mongol horse soldiers rode under the banners of Nur Muhammad Kh…

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“His Highness Shah Zaman’s Military Forces and Their Pay”, in: History of Afghanistan, Translated and edited by R.D. McChesney, M.M. Khorrami. Consulted online on 28 July 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004256064_hao_COM_000056>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004234918, 20121219



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