Ideology of Safavids

The declaration of Shi'ism as the state religion of Iran by Shah Ismail - 1501 Tabriz central mosque.

Foreigners had ruled Iran for years, when Shia movements began in the 15th century. Jabal Amil asked Muhaqqiq al-Karaki to help diffuse Shia Islam. The name of Safavid comes from Safi-ad-din Ardabili, who was an ancestor of Ismail I.

Researchers have disputed the political and religious policies of Safavid shahs. Some historians believe that no special transformation took place in the Safavid era, while others think Safavid ideology introduced many new ideas in Iran and shia contemplative history. Modern Iran has been affected by the Shia-tendency of Safavid kings and their ancestors beliefs.

See alsoEdit


  • J.Newman Andrew, Safavid Iran: Rebirth of a Persian Empire, I.B Tarius & Co Ltd ISBN 9781860646676
  • Levy Janey, Understanding Iran, IRAN and the SHIA, Rosen Publishing Group, Inc ISBN 9781435852822
  • J. Andrea Alfred, The Human Record: Sources of Global History - Since 1500, Wadsworth, ISBN 9780495913085
  • Jurdi Abisaab Rula, Converting Persia: Religion and Power in the Safavid Empire, I.B Tarius & Co Ltd ISBN 186064970X