In earlier times, the Shah had been closely involved in judicial proceedings, but this part of the royal duty was neglected by Shah Safi and the later kings. Traditional architecture evolved in its patterns and methods leaving its impact on the architecture of the following periods. [196] Abbas himself was able to speak Georgian as well. Soleymān agreed to permit Safavid Shi’a pilgrims to make pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina as well as tombs of imams in Iraq and Arabia on condition that the shah would abolish the taburru, the cursing of the first three Rashidun caliphs. The Silk Road which led through northern Iran was revived in the 16th century. When Tahmāsp died in 984/1576, Iran was calm domestically, with secure borders and no imminent threat from either the Uzbeks or the Ottomans. Because Shiite Islam was the state religion, Sunni Muslims fled the empire. Religious and political power were completely intertwined, and encapsulated in … Sir E. Denison Ross, Sir Anthony Sherley and his Persian Adventure, pp. After subsequent campaigns, the Safavids recaptured Baghdad in 1623 during the Ottoman–Safavid War (1623–39) yet lost it again to Murad IV in 1638 after Abbas had died. He intended to convert Iran, where most of the Persian population was Sunni, into a predominantly Shi'i population. He had all his relatives killed except for his older brother, Mohammad Khudabanda, who, being nearly blind, was not a real candidate for the throne, and Mohammad's three sons, Hamza Mirza, Abbas Mirza and Abu Talib Mirza. [153] There were large Shiʻi communities in some cities like Qom and Sabzevar as early as the 8th century. The Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughals were all explosive realms. [43] The most important local rulers about 1500 were: Ismāʻil was able to unite all these lands under the Iranian Empire he created. When he reached the capital with Abbas a public demonstration in the boy's favor decided the issue, and Shah Mohammad voluntarily handed over the insignia of kingship to his son, who was crowned Abbas I on October 1, 1588. It was an Iranian dynasty of Kurdish origin[31] but during their rule they intermarried with Turkoman,[32] Georgian,[33] Circassian,[34][35] and Pontic Greek[36] dignitaries. Beginning in the 1400’s, The Ottomans built a huge empire in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and North Africa. Next in line were the Master of the Royal Stables (Mirakor bashi) and the Master of the Hunt (Mirshekar bashi). [192] In addition to these, there were separate officials appointed for the caretaking of royal banquets and for entertainment. Converting Persia: Religion and Power in the Safavid Empire: 1: Abisaab, Rula: Selecteer uw cookievoorkeuren We gebruiken cookies en vergelijkbare tools om uw winkelervaring te verbeteren, onze services aan te bieden, te begrijpen hoe klanten onze services gebruiken zodat we verbeteringen kunnen aanbrengen, en om advertenties weer te geven. ... Isma'il II's one year and some months in power counts as a period of crisis in relationships between the religion and the state. In return, they had to keep ready a standing army at all times and provide the Shah with military assistance upon his request. [158] There even are numerous recorded accounts of laymen that rose to high official posts, as a result of their merits. [195], During the first century of the dynasty, the primary court language remained Azeri,[190] although this increasingly changed after the capital was moved to Isfahan. In any event, he was ultimately killed (according to some accounts) by his Circassian half-sister, Pari Khān Khānum, who championed him over Haydar. But even he stood accountable to a deputy (vak’anevis), who kept records of his decision-makings and notified the Shah. [81] According to the Encyclopædia Iranica, this would be as well the starting point for the corps of the ḡolāmān-e ḵāṣṣa-ye-e šarifa, or royal slaves, who would dominate the Safavid military for most of the empire's length, and would form a crucial part of the third force. The Safavids ultimately succeeded in establishing a new Persian national monarchy. Richard Tapper. Also, there were the quazi-religious fraternities called futuvva, which were run by local dervishes. The Safavid dynasty was one of the most significant ruling dynasties of Iran from 1501 to 1736. Early on, the Safavids were at a disadvantage to the better-armed Ottomans, but they soon closed the arms gap. The 16-year-old Abbas I was installed as nominal shah in 1588, but the real power was intended to remain in the hands of his "mentor," Murshid Quli Khan, who reorganized court offices and principal governorships among the Qizilbash[105] and took the title of wakīl for himself. The Safavid dynasty had its origin in the Safavid order of Sufism, which was established in the … It was perhaps this sort of attitude towards the rest of the world that accounted for the ignorance of Persians regarding other countries of the world. Together with the Russians, they agreed to divide and keep the conquered Iranian territories for themselves as confirmed in the Treaty of Constantinople (1724).[149]. It originated from a sunni sufi religious brotherhood that was founded by members of the safavid family. However, Islamic law prevents war of Muslims against each other, unless a religious need arises to enforce a sacred law or to check transgressions against it. The Safavids‎ > ‎ Decline of Safavid Empire Shah Soleiman. Shah Abbas I the Great is considered the greatest of the Savory, R.; Iran under the Safavids; pp. Early Safavid power in Iran was based on the military power of the Qizilbash. He admired their consideration towards foreigners, but he also stumbled upon characteristics that he found challenging. Ismail despised Sunnis so much, that once he was able to convert a majority of the population to Shi'is, he had his army kill anyone who refused to the convert to Shiism. The state religion was Shi'a Islam . He returned to Kartli, and in two punitive campaigns he devastated Tbilisi, killed 60–70,000 Kakheti Georgian peasants, and deported between 130,000–200,000 Georgian captives to mainland Iran. [71] Nevertheless, given the insecurity in Iraq and its northwest territory, Tahmāsp moved his court from Tabriz to Qazvin. A special form of land use in the Safavid empire was the so-called yūrd (Doerfer, Elemente II, pp. This military force would serve the shah only and eventually consisted of four separate branches:[154]. The empire also included parts of what are today Turkey and Georgia. The shah used that occasion to proclaim the 11-year-old Sultan Hamza Mirza (Mahd-i ‘Ulyā's favorite) crown-prince. Blow, D; Shah Abbas: The ruthless king who became an Iranian legend; pp. In 1598, when Shah Abbas decided to move the capital of his Iranian empire from the north-western city of Qazvin to the central city of Isfahan, he initiated what would become one of the greatest programmes in Iranian history; the complete remaking of the city. This event shattered the qizilbash belief in the invincibility of their leader Ismail that the doctrine demanded. One of the Shirley brothers, Robert Shirley, would lead Abbas's second diplomatic mission to Europe from 1609–1615. Religion. Due to the great spiritual charisma of Safi al-Din, the order was later known as the Safaviyya. From 1500-2 Ismail became king of the Safavid Empire and proclaimed himself the hidden Imam and a manifestation of divinity. [119][120][121][122] After fully securing the region, he executed the rebellious Luarsab II of Kartli and later had the Georgian queen Ketevan, who had been sent to the shah as negotiator, tortured to death when she refused to renounce Christianity, in an act of revenge for the recalcitrance of Teimuraz. [176] Thus, starting from the reign of Tahmāsp I but only fully implemented and completed by Shah Abbas, this new group solely composed of ethnic Caucasians eventually came to constitute a powerful "third force" within the state as a new layer in society, alongside the Persians and the Qizilbash Turks, and it only goes to prove the meritocratic society of the Safavids. The writer Ṛūmlu documented the most important of them in his history. Stefan Sperl, C. Shackle, Nicholas Awde, "Qasida poetry in Islamic Asia and Africa", Brill Academic Pub; Set Only edition (February 1996), p. 193: "Like Shah Ni'mat Allah-i Vali he hosted distinguished visitors among them Ismail Safavi, who had proclaimed himself Shahanshah of Iran in 1501 after having taken Tabriz, the symbolic and political capital of Iran". The Ottomans were their religious rivals as they were sunni and the Safavids were Shi’a. The judge (qazi) was informed of relevant points involved and would decide whether or not to take up the case. He blamed this on misgovernment, the sparse population of the country, and lack of appreciation of agriculture amongst the Persians. They are present on the level ground, and a small drum is always playing during the contest for excitement. Sultan Hosein tried to forcibly convert his Afghan subjects in Qandahar from Sunni to Twelverism. [240] According to Professor Roger Savory:[241][242]. His primary job was to appoint and supervise all the officials of the household and to be their contact with the Shah. Richard Wilson, “When Golden Time Convents”: Twelfth Night and Shakespeare's Eastern Promise, harvnb error: no target: CITEREFMunshī1978 (, harvnb error: no target: CITEREFSīstānī (, harvnb error: no target: CITEREFJavakhishvili1970 (. Savory, "'Sheikh Junayd was not content with spiritual authority and he sought material power'". The Safavid Empire was driven and inspired by religious faith, but rapidly built the foundations of strong central secular government and administration. The terms of trade were not imposed on the Safavid shahs, but rather negotiated. This layer would become the "third force" in Iranian society, alongside the other two forces, the Turkomans and Persians. The reason Ismail was so determined to convert Iran into a Shi'i country was because he wanted Iran and Safavid lands to have a unique identity opposed to their enemy who were Sunnis: the Ottoman Empire. [165], As noted before, a key aspect of the Persian character was its love of luxury, particularly on keeping up appearances. The Safavid Empire was multi-ethnic and multi-religious. Yahoo Search Búsqueda en la Web. The reason for this paper is to thoroughly analyze the contrasts between these domains. Safavid Iranian dynasty (1501–1722) that established the territorial and Shi'ite theocratic principles of modern Iran.The dynastic founder, Shah Ismail, claimed descent from a Shi'ite Sufism order, and the state adopted Shi'ism as the state religion. In fact, it was the founder of the Safavid … [195] As a result of Abbas' reforms, they held high offices in the army, the administration and the royal household. [87] Shortly after the installation of Ismail II on August 22, 1576, Haydar was beheaded. According to official Safavid history, before passing away, Ali had designated his young brother Ismail as the spiritual leader of the Safaviyya.[30]. In the far eastern territories, the Mughals of India had expanded into Khorasan (now Afghanistan) at the expense of Iranian control, briefly taking Kandahar. After the Peace of Amasya, Tasmāsp underwent what he called a "sincere repentance." Among luminaries of this school of philosophy, the names of Iranian philosophers such as Mir Damad, Mir Fendereski, Shaykh Bahai and Mohsen Fayz Kashani standout. Tobacco grew all over the country and was as strong as that grown in Brazil. [54] The Ottoman sultans addressed him as the king of Iranian lands and the heir to Jamshid and Kai Khosrow.[55]. "Review of Emile Janssens'. [110] It was clear that Abbas' style of leadership would be entirely different than Mohammad Khodabanda's leadership. The Safavid dynasty had its origin in the Safavid order of Sufism, which was established in the city of Ardabil in the Iranian Azerbaijan region. This layer would be solely composed of hundreds of thousands of deported, imported, and to a lesser extent voluntarily migrated ethnic Circassians, Georgians, and Armenians. The Safavid dynasty had its origin in the Safavid order of Sufism, which was established in the city of Ardabil in the Iranian Azerbaijan region. Despite the reforms, the Qizilbash would remain the strongest and most effective element within the military, accounting for more than half of its total strength. The Safavids launched a vigorous campaign to convert what was then a predominantly Sunni population by persuasion and by force. Later that year, when the shah summoned them to join him on a hunting expedition in Mazandaran, they didn't show up due to the fear they would be either imprisoned or killed. In day-to-day affairs, the language chiefly used at the Safavid court and by the great military and political officers, as well as the religious dignitaries, was Turkish, not Persian; and the last class of persons wrote their religious works mainly in Arabic. [70] The goal of the Ottomans in the 1534 and 1548–1549 campaigns, during the 1532–1555 Ottoman–Safavid War, was to install Tahmāsp's brothers (Sam Mirza and Alqas Mirza, respectively) as shah in order to make Iran a vassal state. [61] This court intrigue lead directly to tribal conflict. "The shah retreats and becomes less visible. Savory, Roger, Iran under the Safavids, p. 221. They are wedged between the Wealthiest empire of this period (the Mughals) and the longest lasting empire of all time (the Ottomans). As Vladimir Minorsky put it, friction between these two groups was inevitable, because the Qizilbash "were no party to the national Persian tradition". Zabiollah Safa (1986), "Persian Literature in the Safavid Period". Savory, Roger: Iran under the Safavids, pp. A proper term for the Safavid society is what we today can call a meritocracy, meaning a society in which officials were appointed on the basis of worth and merit, and not on the basis of birth. The latter was the final appeal in civil and criminal cases, and his office stood next to the main entrance to the Ali Qapu palace. They also placed jewels on their arms, such as on daggers and swords. Expanded his empire using the Shia branch of the Muslim religion. They were the continuers of the classical tradition of Islamic thought, which after Averroes died in the Arab west. Most were replaced by a ghulam, and within short time, Georgians, Circassians, and to a lesser extent Armenians had been appointed to many of the highest offices of state, and were employed within all other possible sections of society. But the Portuguese ambassador to the Safavids, De Gouvea, still mentions the Council of State[189] in his records, which perhaps was a term for governmental gatherings of the time. Safavid dynasty, (1501–1736), ruling dynasty of Iran whose establishment of Twelver Shiʿism as the state religion of Iran was a major factor in the emergence of a unified national consciousness among the various ethnic and linguistic elements of the country. They would thus retain the official ownership and secure their land from being confiscated by royal commissioners or local governors, as long as a percentage of the revenues from the land went to the ulama. [67] Putting aside internal dissension, the Safavid nobles responded to a threat to Herat in 1528 by riding eastward with Tahmāsp (then 17) and soundly defeating the numerically superior forces of the Uzbeks at Jām. A new age in Iranian architecture began with the rise of the Safavid dynasty. According to the Encyclopædia Iranica, for Tahmasp, the background of this initiation and eventual composition that would be only finalized under Shah Abbas I, circled around the military tribal elite of the empire, the Qizilbash, who believed that physical proximity to and control of a member of the immediate Safavid family guaranteed spiritual advantages, political fortune, and material advancement. May 29, 1555 . [30] The establishment of Shiʻism as the state religion led to various Sufi orders openly declaring their Shiʻi position, and others to promptly assume Shiʻism. [148][full citation needed] At the same time, the Russians led by Peter the Great attacked and conquered swaths of Safavid Iran's North Caucasian, Transcaucasian, and northern mainland territories through the Russo-Iranian War (1722-1723). [160], Jean Chardin, the 17th-c French traveler, spent many years in Iran and commented at length on their culture, customs and character. The Safavid order soon gained great influence in the city of Ardabil, and Hamdullah Mustaufi noted that most of the people of Ardabil were followers of Safi al-Din. Travelling was valued only for the specific purpose of getting from one place to another, not interesting them self in seeing new places and experiencing different cultures. [58] By 1511, the Uzbeks in the north-east, led by their Khan Muhammad Shaybāni, were driven far to the north, across the Oxus River, where they continued to attack the Safavids. Converting Persia: Religion and Power in the Safavid Empire: Abisaab, Rula: Selecteer uw cookievoorkeuren We gebruiken cookies en vergelijkbare tools om uw winkelervaring te verbeteren, onze services aan te bieden, te begrijpen hoe klanten onze services gebruiken zodat we verbeteringen kunnen aanbrengen, en om advertenties weer te geven. The standing army created by Abbas consisted of: (1) 10,000–15,000 cavalry ghulām regiments solely composed of ethnic Caucasians, armed with muskets in addition to the usual weapons (then the largest cavalry in the world[112]); (2) a corps of musketeers, tufangchiyān, mainly Iranians, originally foot soldiers but eventually mounted, and (3) a corps of artillerymen, tūpchiyān. 34, 597–634. [195] There were also the large number of gholams or "slaves of the shah", who were mainly Georgians, Circassians and Armenians. When the young Shah Tahmāsp took the throne, Iran was in a dire state. [166], The most precious accessory for men was the turban. [209], Horses were the most important of all the beasts of burden, and the best were brought in from Arabia and Central-Asia. Then, having made the point that he would not encourage rivalries even purporting to favor his interests, he felt secure enough to have Murshid Quli Khan assassinated on his own orders in July 1589. In response, a Ghilzai Afghan chieftain named Mirwais Hotak revolted and killed Gurgin Khan, the Safavid governor of the region, along with his army. In the 17th century, Christians within the empire consisted primarily of three groups; Georgians belonging to the Georgian Orthodox Church; Armenians belonging to the Armenian Apostolic Church; Roman Catholics, consisting of European missionaries and recent converts (primarily Armenians); See also There were no particular place assigned for the administration of justice. Since the earliest days of the Safavid dynasty, the Qizilbash generals had been appointed to most of these posts. [211] According to Chardin, they were also more abundant than in the Mughal or Ottoman Empires, where they were less frequent but larger. [45] Ismāʻil was of mixed Turkoman, Kurdish, Pontic Greek and Georgian descent, and was a direct descendant of Kurdish mystic Sheikh Safi al-Din. [206], In the period prior to Shah Abbas I, most of the land was assigned to officials (civil, military and religious). According to the Iranologist Richard Nelson Frye:[230]. [88] While the murderous actions of Ismail might be explained by political prudence (Ottoman sultans occasionally purged the bloodline to prevent succession rivals[89]), his actions against Shi’a suggest retaliation against his father, who saw himself as a pious practitioner. In the war against the Uzbeks he showed that the Safavids had become a gunpowder empire. The army of Christian northerners were modeled after Ottoman janissaries, shown in Also the This extensive development of architecture was rooted in Persian culture and took form in the design of schools, baths, houses, caravanserai and other urban spaces such as bazaars and squares. Shah Abbas, who significantly enlargened and completed this program and under whom the creation of this new layer in society may be mentioned as fully "finalized", completed the ghulam system as well. After the death of Haydar, the Safaviyya gathered around his son Ali Mirza Safavi, who was also pursued and subsequently killed by Ya'qub. Ismail sought to reintroduce Sunni orthodoxy. Religion. The Safavid Empire lasted until 1736. The religions of the Ottoman and the Safavid Empires were Sunni Islam and Shia Islam respectively. He intended to convert Iran, where most of the Persian population was Sunni, into a predominantly Shi'i population. His successor, Abbas I, accepted the Ottoman occupation of w Iran, and concentrated on subduing the threat to Iran's e borders. [53], Although Ismail I initially gained mastery over Azerbaijan alone, the Safavids ultimately won the struggle for power over all of Iran, which had been going on for nearly a century between various dynasties and political forces. This variety of Persian Turkish must have been also spoken in the Caucasian and Transcaucasian regions, which during the 16th century belonged to both the Ottomans and the Safavids, and were not fully integrated into the Safavid empire until 1606. [168] Shah Tahmasp introduced a change to this, when he, and the other Safavid rulers who succeeded him, sought to blur the formerly defined lines between the two linguistic groups, by taking the sons of Turkic-speaking officers into the royal household for their education in the Persian language. More importantly, the Dutch East India Company and later the English/British used their superior means of maritime power to control trade routes in the western Indian Ocean. 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