Safavid Iran: Rebirth of a Persian Empire

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I.B.Tauris, Apr 11, 2012 - History - 296 pages
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Winner of the International Book Prize in Iranian Studies The Safavid dynasty, which reigned from the late fifteenth to the eighteenth century, links medieval with modern Iran. The Safavids witnessed wide-ranging developments in politics, warfare, science, philosophy, religion, art and architecture. But how did this dynasty manage to produce the longest lasting and most glorious of Iran’s Islamic-period eras? Andrew Newman offers a complete re-evaluation of the Safavid place in history as they presided over these extraordinary developments and the wondrous flowering of Iranian culture. In the process he dissects the Safavid story, from before the 1501 capture of Tabriz by Shah Ismail (1488-1524), the point at which Shi`ism became the realm's established faith; on to the sixteenth and early seventeenth century dominated by Shah Abbas (1587-1629), whose patronage of art and architecture from his capital of Isfahan embodied the Safavid spirit; and culminating with the reign of Sultan Husayn (reg. 1694-1722). Based on meticulous scholarship, Newman offers a valuable new interpretation of the rise of the Safavids and their eventual demise in the eighteenth century. Safavid Iran, with its fresh insights and new research, is the definitive single volume work on the subject. ‘There is an enormous amount of valuable material here and very wide and impressive reading.’ Charles Melville, Reader in Persian History, University of Cambridge
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ismail I 14881524
13
The Reign of Tahmasp 152415760
26
Ismail II 15761577 and Khudabanda 15781587
41
The Reign of Abbas I 15871629
50
Shah Safi 16291642
73
Shah Abbas II 16421666
81
Shah Sulayman 1666681694
93
The Reign of Shah Sultan Husayn 16941722
104
Poetry and Politics The Multiplicity of Safavid Discourse
117
Key Dates
129
Key chronicles and travellers
135
Notes
145
Select Bibliography
248
Index
265
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