Iran 1648 CE

Iran under the Safavids continues to be a brilliant centre of Islamic civilization.

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What is happening in Iran in 1648CE

Iran was conquered by a group from central Asia called the White Sheep Turks in the years after 1467, but then fell to a  Shi’ite movement called the Safavids. Under their leader Isma’il (1501-24), they seized Azerbaijan and then swept into Iran, conquering the whole country within the space of a few years.

The Savafid shahs consolidated their rule by clamping down on their more extreme followers and establishing themselves as an effective government. Under their rule, Iran has enjoyed a period of political stability and economic prosperity. Shah ‘Abbas I (1588-1629) and his successors have built up a strong standing army of slave soldiers, trained and equipped on European lines; they have organized an efficient bureaucracy and have encouraged agriculture, industry and commerce. This period is one of major cultural achievements in literature, art and above all architecture.

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