The Safavid Empire

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The Safavid Empire
BILL LAMPE AND EMILY THOMAS
Interactions
 Trade, conquest, migration, religious freedom
 Results of cultural blending Language, religion and
Ethical systems, styles of govt., ethnic blending, art
and architecture
 Interactions promoted by Sulleyman
 Turks had a major trading route
 New trade language was Swahili
Political
 Safavids concentrate on building powerful military
due to geographic location
 Isma`il names himself Shah
 New capital made under Shah Abbas, Esfahan
 Two armies one was Christian one was Persian
Culture/Religon
 Esfahan had beautiful mosque called the Nisjin-e
 In Esfahan art flourishes carpet making, art,pottery
 High demand for Persian carpets/national industry
 Isma`il Became religious tyrant and killed anyone
who didn’t convert to Shi`ism
Economic Systems
 Trade and exchange flourishes as people migrate
toward Esfahan
 The Ottomans empire (that the safavids later
captured) had amazing trade routes
 Saffavids took advantage of silk road which brought
carpets
 Had direct trade with Europe
Social
 While trade flourishes people were exposed to new
religions
 Men did work while women stayed at home, took
care of children cooked etc.
 Shah> shi`ite citizen> anyone who didn’t convert to
Shi`ism = DEAD
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