Jesse (Georgian: იესე) or Isā Khān (Persian: عیسی خان‎, translit. ʿIsā Khān; Georgian: ისა-ხანი) (died September 15, 1615), of the Bagrationi Dynasty, was a Safavid-appointed ruler of Kakheti in eastern Georgia from 1614 to 1615.[1]

Jesse was a son of Prince George, himself a son of King Alexander II of Kakheti. Held as a political hostage by Abbas I of Persia, he was converted to Islam[2] and brought up at the shah’s court in Isfahan.[3] In 1614, when Abbas I’s armies overrun Kakheti, the king Teimuraz I had to flee to western Georgia (Kingdom of Imereti). Abbas appointed his loyal vassal, Isā Khān, as a governor of the region, but he failed to gain a foothold there. He was killed during an uprising against his rule.

Jesse is not to be confused with his granduncle Prince Jesse of Kakheti, also known as Isā Khān.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Colin P. Mitchell. New Perspectives on Safavid Iran: Empire and Society Taylor & Francis, 3 mrt. 2011 ISBN 1136991948 p 69.
  2. ^ A history of the Georgian people, By William Edward David Allen, pg. 153
  3. ^ Colin P. Mitchell. New Perspectives on Safavid Iran: Empire and Society Taylor & Francis, 3 mrt. 2011 ISBN 1136991948 p 69.