The Practice of Politics in Safavid Iran
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From the 16th to the 18th centuries Iran was ruled by the Safavid dynasty, which reached the peak of its power and prosperity under the autocratic Shah Abbas who reigned from 1588 to 1629. This study charts the dynasty's origins as an apocalyptic mystical movement in Azerbaijan, and the evolution of its ideology to cement a vast, cosmopolitan Islamic empire stretching from Baghdad to Herat. It also explores the roles of state-sponsored rhetoric, Persian bureaucracy and Shi'a theology in the Safavid state.