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Shii piety and dynastic legitimacy: Mashhad under the early Safavid Shahs

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dc.contributor.editor 2014 2017-10-04T10:28:06Z 2017-10-04T10:28:06Z 2014
dc.identifier 10.1080/00210862.2013.860323
dc.identifier.issn 00210862
dc.description.abstract Mashhad, the site in northeastern Iran of the shrine of the eighth Shii imam, is arguably one of the largest and wealthiest sacred shrines in the world the gilded dome over the imam's mausoleum stands amidst an expansive complex of courts, monumental gateways, libraries, museums, guesthouses, and administrative offices that cater to thousands of pilgrims each year. This paper examines the period, under the aegis of the early Safavid shahs, when Mashhad was established as the preeminent Shii pilgrimage center in Iran. Appropriating the Timurid ecumenical vision for the shrine, the Safavid shahs refashioned the holy city into a site that celebrated the triumph of Twelver Shiism in the Safavid realm and reinforced Safavid claims of legitimacy. While highlighting Shah Tahmasb's personal devotion to Mashhad, and his privileging of the shrine within Safavid sacred topography, the paper focuses on Shah Abbas's urban reshaping of Mashhad and the architectural and institutional expansion of the shrine during his reign, thereby enhancing its status as the leading spiritual center in the Safavid empire. © 2013 The International Society for Iranian Studies.
dc.format.extent Pages: (201-216)
dc.language English
dc.publisher Routledge; ABINGDON
dc.relation.ispartof Publication Name: Iranian Studies; Publication Year: 2014; Volume: 47; no. 2; Pages: (201-216);
dc.source Scopus
dc.title Shii piety and dynastic legitimacy: Mashhad under the early Safavid Shahs
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.affiliation Farhat, M., American University of Beirut, Lebanon
dc.contributor.authorAddress Farhat, M.; American University of BeirutLebanon; email:
dc.contributor.authorCorporate University: American University of Beirut; Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Department: History and Archaeology;
dc.contributor.authorDepartment History and Archaeology
dc.contributor.authorFaculty Faculty of Arts and Sciences
dc.contributor.authorInitials Farhat, M
dc.contributor.authorReprintAddress Farhat, M (reprint author), Amer Univ Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.
dc.contributor.authorUniversity American University of Beirut
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dc.identifier.scopusID 84896391081
dc.relation.ispartOfISOAbbr Iran. Stud.
dc.relation.ispartOfIssue 2
dc.relation.ispartofPubTitle Iranian Studies
dc.relation.ispartofPubTitleAbbr Iran. Stud.
dc.relation.ispartOfVolume 47
dc.source.ID WOS:000332270800001
dc.type.publication Journal
dc.subject.otherWOS Area Studies
dc.subject.otherWOS Asian Studies

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