[85] The end of the reign of Abbas II, 1666, thus marked the beginning of the end of the Safavid dynasty. This left room for invasion by outside enemies, which is exactly what happened in 1722 when the Afghan army besieged the capital of Isfahan. This would not change with the Arab conquest of Iran, and it was primarily the Persians that took upon them the works of philosophy, logic, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, astrology, music and alchemy. As he describes them:[94]. No act of the Shah was valid without the counter seal of the Prime Minister. A massive migration of Oghuz Turks in the 11th and 12th centuries not only Turkified Azerbaijan but also Anatolia. [92], Nevertheless, the Persian society during the Safavids was that of a hierarchy, with the Shah at the apex of the hierarchical pyramid, the common people, merchants and peasants at the base, and the aristocrats in between. According to author Moojan Momen, “up to the middle of the 19th century there were very few mujtahids (three or four) anywhere at any one time,” but “several hundred existed by the end of the 19th century.”[111], Muhammad Baqir Majlisi, commonly referenced to using the title Allamah, was a highly influential scholar during the 17th century (Safavid era). Islamic philosophy[150] flourished in the Safavid era in what scholars commonly refer to the School of Isfahan. The qizilbash, which still suffered under the legacy of the battle of Chaldiran, was engulfed in internal rivalries. [123], In Safavid Persia there was little distinction between theology and jurisprudence, or between divine justice and human justice, and it all went under Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh). It was also requested from them that they appoint a lawyer (vakil) to the Court who would inform them on matters pertaining to the provincial affairs. After a long and bloody siege led by the Safavid grand vizier Hatem Beg, which lasted from November 1609 to the summer of 1610, the Kurdish stronghold of Dimdim was captured. In 700/1301, Safi al-Din assumed the leadership of the Zahediyeh, a significant Sufi order in Gilan, from his spiritual master and father-in-law Zahed Gilani. Thirdly there was horsemanship. One result of the resolution of this conflict was the rise in importance of the concept of ijtihad and the position of the mujtahid (as opposed to other ulama) in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Instead, they first placed Ismāil II. A third route was therefore devised which circumvented Ottoman territory. Dominant political factions vied for power and support three different candidates. [112] Majlisi promoted specifically Shia rituals such as mourning for Hussein ibn Ali and visitation (ziyarat) of the tombs of the Imams and Imamzadas, stressing “the concept of the Imams as mediators and intercessors for man with God.”[113]. The beginning of the 17th century saw the power of the Qizilbash decline, the original militia that had helped Ismail I capture Tabriz and which had gained many administrative powers over the centuries. According to official Safavid history, before passing away, Ali had designated his young brother Ismail as the spiritual leader of the Safaviyya.[23]. �����m�2J��� ���8�� $��Y $��ޟ�:��}rg�u��?7o-�]T⤮vA��S.�v"��q�%z��r�����X1@'��8�(��(#�.�'�yN�,Ҧ�N,�`���fhw�n��K�n����v���ڑ�i�-�@A��%F��G��j��#��P�u�s@�C�]p�'\�T�+�J���. People met there to drink liqueurs or coffee, to smoke tobacco or opium, and to chat or listen to poetry. The Safavid dynasty under Shah Ismail (961/1501) adopted Persian and the Shi’ite form of Islam as the national language and religion. Ismāil was known as a brave and charismatic youth, zealous with regards to his Shi’a faith, and believed himself to be of divine descent—practically worshipped by his Qizilbāshfollowers. The Silk Road which led through northern Iran to India revived in the 16th century. [144] And as the shah realized the importance of doing trade with the Europeans, he assured that the Safavid society was one with religious tolerance. Their final face-off was at the Battle of Chaldiran in 1514. Despite their demise in 1736, the legacy that they left behind was the revival of Persia as an economic stronghold between East and West, the establishment of an efficient state and bureaucracy based upon “checks and balances”, their architectural innovations and their patronage for fine arts. , kept each class away from each other by Ismail I. 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