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Converting Persia: Religion and Power in the Safavid Empire

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Converting Persia explains how Iran was to acquire one of its defining characteristics: its Shi'ism. Under the Safavids (1501-1736 CE), Persia adopted Shi'ism as its official religion. Rula Abisaab explains how and why this specific brand of Shi'ism - urban and legally-based - was brought to the region by leading Arab 'Ulama from Ottoman Syria, and changed the face of the ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: February 26th 2015 by I. B. Tauris (first published May 7th 2004)
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I learned quite a bit about various religious scholars and their positions in Safavid courts, however, I did not get what I was hoping i.e. a coherent picture of what was behind the conversion of people: Was it due to the historical inclination towards shi'ism? Was it force? Was it persuasion? The only reliable viewpoint one gets is that from the above, when it comes to regular people it is all speculation and no concrete facts.
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Rula Jurdi Abisaab is a Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern History at the University of Akron, Ohio.
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