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Safavid Dynasty

Safavid Dynasty (1502–1736), Iranian dynasty whose establishment of Shīʿite Islam as the state religion of Iran was a major factor in the emergence of a unified national consciousness among the various ethnic and linguistic elements of the country. The Ṣafavids were descended from Sheykh Ṣafī al-Dīn (1253–1334) of Ardabīl, head of the Sufi order ofṢafavīyeh (Ṣafawiyyah), […]

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    Safavid Dynasty (1502–1736), Iranian dynasty whose establishment of Shīʿite Islam as the state religion of Iran was a major factor in the emergence of a unified national consciousness among the various ethnic and linguistic elements of the country. The Ṣafavids were descended from Sheykh Ṣafī al-Dīn (1253–1334) of Ardabīl, head of the Sufi order ofṢafavīyeh (Ṣafawiyyah), but about 1399 exchanged their Sunni affiliation for Shīʿism.

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