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The Safavid World

Edited by: Rudi Matthee

Print publication date:  July  2021
Online publication date:  July  2021

Print ISBN: 9781138944060
eBook ISBN: 9781003170822
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The Safavid World brings together thirty chapters on many aspects of the complex Safavid state, 1501?1722. With the latest insights and arguments, some offer overviews of the period or topic at hand, and others present new interpretations of old questions based on newly found sources.

In addition to political history and religious life, the chapters in this volume cover economic conditions, commercial links and activities, social relations, and artistic expressions. They do so in ways that stretch both the temporal and geographical perimeters of the subject, and contributors also examine Safavid Iran with an eye to both its Mongol and Timurid antecedents and its long afterlife following the fall of the dynasty. Unlike traditional scholarship which tended to view the country as unique, sui generis, and barely affected by the outside world, The Safavid World situates Iran in a wider, regional or global context.

Examining the Safavids from their foundations in the fourteenth century to their relations with the rest of the world in the eighteenth century, this study is essential reading for undergraduates, postgraduates, and scholars of the Safavid world and the history and culture of Iran and the Middle East.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The emergence of the Safavids as a mystical order and their subsequent rise to power in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Who really were the Kizilbash? A rethinking of the Kizilbash movement in light of new sources and research  Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The rise of the Safavids as a political dynasty Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Custodial politics and princely governance in sixteenth-century Safavid Iran Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Beyond charismatic authority Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Against all odds Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Safavid Iran from Shāh Safi to Shāh Soltān Hoseyn Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Safavid historiography Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Continuing a legacy in times of change Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Safavid court and government Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The Safavid army Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The economy Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Trade in Safavid Iran Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Coinage and the monetary system Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The status of women in Safavid Iran Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Sufi habitus and shari‘a practitioners in late Safavid Iran Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Sufism in the Safavid period Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Vaqf in the Safavid period Download PDF
Chapter  19:  ‘In the rifts of history’ Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The occult sciences in Safavid Iran and Safavid occult scientists abroad Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The mathematical sciences and medicine in Safavid Iran Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Not all of the poets went to India Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Deluxe manuscript production in the Safavid period Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Safavid ceramics industry Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Safavid architecture Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Safavid relations with Muslim neighbors Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The Kurdish frontier under the Safavids Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Safavid Iran in the South Asian political imagination Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Diplomatic relations between Safavid Iran and Europe Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Portrait of a traveler in Safavid Iran Download PDF
Bibliography Download PDF
Glossary Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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