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  1. Safavid Iran: Rebirth of a Persian Empire (Library of Middle East History)
    Safavid Iran: Rebirth of a Persian Empire (Library of Middle East History)
    Safavid Iran: Rebirth of a Persian Empire (Library of Middle East History)
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  2. Safavid Iran: Rebirth of a Persian Empire (Library of Middle East History)

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The Safavid dynasty, which reigned from the late fifteenth to the eighteenth century, links medieval with modern Iran. The Safavids witnessed wide-ranging developments in politics, warfare, science, philosophy, religion, art and architecture. But how did this dynasty manage to produce the longest lasting and most glorious of Iran’s Islamic-period eras?

Andrew Newman offers a complete re-evaluation of the Safavid place in history as they presided over these extraordinary developments and the wondrous flowering of Iranian culture.  In the process, he dissects the Safavid story, from before the 1501 capture of Tabriz by Shah Ismail (1488-1524), the point at which Shi`ism became the realm's established faith; on to the sixteenth and early seventeenth century dominated by Shah Abbas (1587-1629), whose patronage of art and architecture from his capital of Isfahan embodied the Safavid spirit; and culminating with the reign of Sultan Husayn (reg. 1694-1722).

Based on meticulous scholarship, Newman offers a valuable new interpretation of the rise of the Safavids and their eventual demise in the eighteenth century. Safavid Iran, with its fresh insights and new research, is the definitive single volume work on the subject.

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Andrew J. Newman
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This book is seemingly written for those who already know Safavid history, of which I am not one. It presumes of the reader that they have a knowledge of the intricacies of Shiite doctrine, and the various ethnic groups that made up Iran from 1500 - 1730. If you don't, too bad, because it won't explain them.
Also, the author has strange word choices, which becomes aggravating (he always calls the government the "Safavid Project" for instance, like it was a science experiment, and he uses the word "discourse" in virtually every paragraph, as if talking about a friendly debate, when in reality he is discussing violent conflict).
For a beginner, it would be better to try "Iran Under the Safavids" by Roger Savory.
This book is overloaded in information of little consequence. It spends far too much time, possibly the majority of each chapter, simply discussing the marriage alliances of the upper class, at the expense of meaningful information about military campaigns, policy decisions, economics, efforts to convert the populace to Shi'ism, or the general society's lives. In the introduction, it mentions topics that other books on the Safavid Empire focus on too heavily such as the shadow government in the harem and the emergence of religious fundamentalism. I thought this meant it would discuss all those topics, but not obsessively. Instead, it spends little time focusing on any of those topics even though they are all important to the empire's history. Furthermore, the terminology in the text is unnecessary. He refers to people of Persian ethnicity as "Tajiks," even though this is a pejorative word that they would never use for themselves and the a separate Persophone nation called... Read more
This book a relatively young scholar has provided me with introductory information on this great but largely ignored Iranian dynasty. Safavids were of mixed origins Turkamans and Kurds and Greeks among other things. They have done much to revive ancient Persia's legacy and their period witnessed the zenith of the Persian art, architecture, weapon making, calligraphy and so on. They have left a profound legacy of Shia as an official religion in Iran. Safavids were great warriors too and have advanced style of hand-to-hand combat and battle strategies (renewed after introduction of the gunpowder by Europeans). Have not this great and powerful dynasty been, Ottoman Turks might have taken the Europe and this is largely under-appreciated fact.
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