Converting Persia: Religion and Power in the Safavid Empire

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'Converting Persia' explains how Iran was to acquire one of its defining characteristics: its Shi'ism. Under the Safavids (1501-1736 CE), Persia adopted Shi'ism as its official religion. Rula Abisaab explains how and why this specific brand of Shi'ism - urban and legally-based - was brought to the region by leading Arab 'Ulama from Ottoman Syria, and changed the face of the region till this day. These emigre scholars furnished distinct sources of legitimacy for the Safavid monarchs, and an ideological defense against the ...

Converting Persia: Religion and Power in the Safavid Empire 2015, I.B.Tauris, London

ISBN-13: 9781780767789

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Converting Persia: Religion and Power in the Safavid Empire 2004, I. B. Tauris & Company, London, England

ISBN-13: 9781860649707

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