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The capital of the Khanate, which covered the south-eastern part of Azerbaijan, was Lankaran. The founder of the dynasty of Talysh Khans was Seyd Abbas, who belonged to the Safavids. The Talyshinskis, known as one of Azerbaijan’s most aristocratic families, were descendants of Prophet Muhammad. Seyid Abbas, who came to Lankaran during the turmoil in Iran in 1736, got close to local feudalists, recognized the rule of Nadir Shah and even sent his son Jamaladdin to serve him. In response, Nadir Shah recognized Seyid Abbas as a descendant of the Talysh. In 1747, after Seyid Abbas’s death, his son Jamaladdin, known as Gara Khan, took his place.

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