Essay On The Safavid Empire

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Similar to the Ottoman Empire, the Safavid Empire experienced a rise and fall and began its reign with the Islamic religion. Members of the Safavid tribe were the founders of a sunni sufi religious brotherhood in Azerbaijan, which was popularly fought over by other empires including the Ottoman Empire. A major differentiating factor for the Safavids was that their making of Shiite Islam the state religion of Iran made it very different from its neighboring Sunni Muslim empires. This established their unification and allowed for expansion through military conquests. A major differentiating factor for the Safavids was that their making of Shiite Islam the state religion of Iran made it very different from its neighboring Sunni Muslim empires. The political government was an Absolute monarchy under their ruler. Ismail, at the time a seven year old boy, became the leader of the most powerful Safavid Sunni order and later the founder of the Safavid empire. In 1501 he conquered the city of Tabriz against the ever powerful Ottomans. His declaration that all must honor Shiite religion under his divine rule was unique to the Safavid Empire. He had converted Shiite Islam to Sunni Islam which was very different but allowed him and the rulers after him divine authority to rule over Iran, and used to convert people to Shiism. This helped grow the empire and built a small military …show more content…
He was the first emperor and because he was a military leader, he began his reign by conquering India, creating unified dynasties. He and his army conquer the Sultan, which give him access to Delhi and Agra, as well as Rana Sana at Khanua. Barbur was about to expand the empire through his control over the people. The government system was a absolute monarchy that gave him his power and with that he used Jizya, tax on non-muslim peoples of the empire, which helped fund his armies that he needed to use

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