Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavid Iran

by Sussan Babaie (Author), Kathryn Babayan (Author), Ina Baghdiantz McCabe (Author), Massumeh Farhad (Author)

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The Safavid dynasty represented the pinnacle of Iran’s power and influence in its early modern history. The evidence of this – the creation of a nation state, military expansion and success, economic dynamism, and the exquisite art and architecture of the period – is well-known. What is less understood is the extent to which the Safavid success depended on an elite originating from outside Iran: the slaves of Caucasian descent and the Armenian merchants of Isfahan. This book describes how these elites, following their conversion to Islam, helped to transform Isfahan’s urban, artistic and social landscape.

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Category Discovering Iran, History,
Language English
Format Hardcover
Pages 256
Publisher I. B. Tauris
Publication Date 2003
ISBN 1860647219


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Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavid Iran

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