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Asad Allāh Iṣfahānī

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Author(s): Savory, R.M.
, celebrated Persian sword-maker ( s̲h̲ams̲h̲īrsāz ) of the time of S̲h̲āh ʿAbbās I. It is said that the Ottoman Sultan presented a helmet to S̲h̲āh ʿAbbās, and offered a sum of money to anyone who could cleave the helmet in two with a sword. Asad made a sword with which he achieved this feat, and, as a reward, S̲h̲āh ʿAbbās remitted the tax of the sword-makers, who continued to obtain exemption until Ḳād̲j̲ār times (see A. K. S. Lambton, Islamic Society in Persia , London 1954, 25). For a description of Asad Allāh’s work, see Survey of Persian Art , iii, 2575. (R.M. Savory)

Īs̲h̲īk-Āḳāsī

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, Ṣafawid administrative term = “usher”. The is̲h̲īk-āḳāsis were minor court officiais who operated in two different branches of the administrative System, namely, the dīwān [ q.v.] and the ḥaram [ q.v.]. The officers in charge of the two sections were known as is̲h̲ik-āḳāsī-bās̲h̲ī -yi dīwān-i aʿlā , and īs̲h̲īk-āḳāsī-bās̲h̲ī -yi ḥaram respectively. Both officers had categories of officiais other than īs̲h̲īk-āḳāsīs under their command. There was a great difference between the status and power of these two officers: īs̲h̲īk-āḳāsī-bās̲h̲ī -yi dīwān-i aʿlā. This officer, calle…

Ḳi̊zi̊l-Bās̲h̲

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(t. “Red-head”). The word is used in both a general and a specific sense. In general, it is used loosely to denote a wide variety of extremist S̲h̲īʿī sects [see g̲h̲ulāt ], which flourished in ¶ Anatolia and Kurdistān from the late 7th/13th century onwards, including such groups as the Alevis ( ʿAlawīs ; see A. S. Tritton, Islam: belief and practices, London 1951, 83). The ʿAlawīs were closely connected with the Nuṣayrīs [ q.v.] of northern Syria and Cicilia, and the tahtacis ( tak̲h̲tad̲j̲is [ q.v.]), in order to protect themselves from persecution by the Ottoman government as …

K̲h̲ōī

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K̲h̲ūy , Iranian town (population in 1951: 49,000), situated in long. 45° 02′ E., lat. 38° 32′ N., in the s̲h̲ahristān of the same name in the ustān of West Ād̲h̲arbāyd̲j̲ān; the Kurdish district of Quṭūr is included in the s̲h̲ahristān of K̲h̲ōī. The town lies at an elevation of 1040 m./3,444 ft., in a plain known locally as K̲h̲ōī čukūri̊ (“the K̲h̲ōī depression”), because all the surrounding areas are at a higher elevation. The mountains surrounding the K̲h̲ōī plain protect the city from the cold winter winds (the Harāwīl range a…

Ḳūrčī

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(from the Mongolian ḳorči , “an archer”, from ḳor , “quiver”; Tad̲h̲kirat al-mulūk , translated and explained by V. Minorsky, London 1943, 32, ¶ n. 2), a military term with a variety of different meanings: “he who bears arms, the sword, chief huntsman” (Pavet de Courteille, Dict . turc , or., 425; “armourer, sword-cutler, troop of cavalry, captain of the watch; leader of a patrol, commandant of a fort, gendarmerie in charge of a city’s security” (Sulaymān Buk̲h̲ārī, Lug̲h̲at-i Čag̲h̲atāy ve Türkī ʿOt̲h̲mānī , Istanbul 1298/1880-1, 233), “sentry, sentinel, guard, inspector” (Vambery, Ča…

Gulistān

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, nom d’une localité du Caucase où, le 12 octobre 1813, fut signé un traité de paix entre la Russie et la Perse. En 1800, les Russes avaient annexé la Géorgie, et les Persans, qui s’étaient efforcés d’arrêter leur avance vers le Sud, avaient subi deux défaites en 1812, à Aslandūz et Lankurān, et avaient été contraints de demander la paix. Les termes du traité de Gulistān, qui fut négocié grâce à la médiation de l’ambassadeur de GrandeBretagne, Sir Gore Ouseley, étaient désastreux pour la Perse. Les régions de Géorgie, Ḳarābāg̲h̲, S̲h̲akkī. S̲h̲īrwān. Darb…

Muḥammad Riḍā (Riza) S̲h̲āh Pahlawī

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, fils de Riḍā Ḵh̲ān [ q.v.] et Tād̲j̲ al-mulūk, fille de Tīmūr Ḵh̲ān mīr-pand̲j̲ («général de brigade»), né le 26 octobre 1919 (avant sa sœur jumelle, As̲h̲raf, venue au monde le même jour), mort au Caire le 27 juillet 1980, fut le second et dernier s̲h̲āh de la dynastie iranienne des Pahlawis [ q.v.]. Lors du couronnement de son père, le 25 avril 1926, il fut officiellement proclamé prince héritier. Après des études primaires effectuées dans une école que son père avait créée pour les fils de fonctionnaires et d’officiers, il fut confié en 1931 à…

Asīr

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, tak̲h̲alluṣ de Mīrzā Ḏj̲alāl al-dīn Muḥammad b. Mīrzā Muʾmin, poète persan et élève de Faṣīḥī Harawī. Né à Iṣfahān, il mourut probablement en 1049/1639-40, bien que quelques sources donnent des dates postérieures. Contrairement à nombre de ses contemporains, il ne se rendit pas à la cour mug̲h̲ale, mais devint un joyeux compagnon et un proche parent (d’après un récit, le gendre) de S̲h̲āh ʿAbbās Ier. Il composa la majeure partie de sa poésie sous l’influence de l’alcool, dont l’abus provoqua sa mort. Son dīwān, qui comprend des ḳaṣīdas, des mat̲h̲nawīs, des tard̲j̲īʿ- bands et des g̲h̲az…

Alḳāṣ Mīrzā

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(ou Alḳās, Alḳāsp), second fils de S̲h̲āh Ismāʿīl Ier, de la dynastie ṣafawide, et frère cadet de S̲h̲āh Ṭahmāsp Ier. Né à Tabrīz en 921/1515-6, il livra un combat victorieux contre les Ūzbegs à Astarābād en 939/1532-3. En 945/1538-9, il se rendit maître de S̲h̲irwān, et fut nommé gouverneur de cette province par Ṭahmāsp. Peu après, il se révolta, mais sur l’intervention de sa mère Ḵh̲ān Begī Ḵh̲ānum, se vit accorder son pardon à certaines conditions. Sur la demande de Ṭahmāsp, il entreprit contre les Circassiens …

As̲h̲raf

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, town in the Persian province of Māzandarān, and chief town of a district ( bulūk ) of the same name, situated 36° 41ʹ 55ʺ N, 53° 32ʹ 30ʺ E, five miles from the shore of the Caspian Sea, 35 miles E. of Sārī and 43 miles W. of Astarābād on the road between these two towns. The town lies at the foot of wooded spurs of the lofty Alburz range, and commands a fine view northwards over the bay of Astarābād. Although the approaches to As̲h̲raf are fertile and produce excellent cotton and wheat, the plain of As̲h̲raf itself tends to be marshy. The cypress, the wild vine, the citron and the orange grow in profusion. F…

Gulistān

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, the name of a place in the Caucasus where, on 12 October 1813, a peace treaty was signed between Russia and Persia. In 1800 the Russians had annexed Georgia, and the Persians, in an effort to check their further advance southward, had suffered two defeats in 1812, at Aslandūz and Lankurān, and had been forced to sue for peace. The terms of the Treaty of Gulistān, which was negotiated through the mediation of the British ambassador Sir Gore Ouseley, were disastrous for Persia. The regions of Georgia, Ḳarābāg̲h̲, S̲h̲akkī, S̲h̲īrwān, Darband, Bākū, Dāg̲h…

Muḥammad Riḍā (Riza) S̲h̲āh Pahlawī

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, son of Riḍā K̲h̲ān [ q.v.] and Tād̲j̲ al-Mulūk, daughter of Tīmūr K̲h̲ān mīr-pand̲j̲ (“brigadier”); born 26 October 1919 (his twin sister, As̲h̲raf, was born later the same day), died Cairo 27 July 1980, second and last s̲h̲āh of the Pahlawī [ q.v.] ¶ dynasty of Iran. At the coronation of his father on 25 April 1926, Muḥammad Riḍā was formally invested as Crown Prince. After primary education at a school established by his father for the sons of government officials and military officers, he was sent in 1931 to a private school in Lausa…

Alḳāṣ Mīrzā

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(or alḳās , alḳāsp ), second son of S̲h̲āh Ismaʿīl I of the Ṣafawī dynasty, and younger brother of S̲h̲āh Ṭahmāsp I. Born Tabrīz 921/1515-6, he fought a successful action at Astarābād against the Uzbegs in 939/1532-3. In 945/1538-9 he subdued S̲h̲irwān, and was made governor of that province by Ṭahmāsp. He rebelled soon afterwards, but was granted a conditional pardon through the intercession of his mother Ḵh̲ān Begī Ḵh̲ānum. At the instance of Ṭahmāsp, he fought an inconclusive campaign against the Circassians, but again rebelled, minting his own coinage and including his name in the k̲h̲…

Bag̲h̲dād K̲h̲ātūn

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, daughter of the amīr al-umarā Amīr Čūbān, niece of the Īlk̲h̲ānid ruler of Persia Abū Saʿīd ( regn . 717-736/1317-1335) (her mother was Abū Saʿīd’s sister), and wife of Amīr Ḥasan the D̲j̲alāʾirid, commonly known as S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ Ḥasan Buzurg, whom she married in 723/1323. In 1325 A.D. Abū Saʿīd, quoting as precedent the yāsā of Čingiz Ḵh̲ān, attempted to force S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ Ḥasan to divorce Bag̲h̲dād Ḵh̲ātūn in order that he might marry her himself, but was frustrated by Amīr Čūbān. In October or November 1327 A.D. Amīr Čūbān was…

Ḏj̲amāl al-Ḥusaynī

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, a complimentary title of the Persian divine and historian Amīr d̲j̲amāl [al-dīn] ʿaṭāʾ allāh b. faḍl allāh al-ḥusaynī al-das̲h̲takī al-s̲h̲īrāzī , who flourished at Harāt during the reign of Sulṭān Ḥusayn the Tīmūrid (875-911/1470-1505); the probable date of his death is 926/1520. His known works are: (1) Rawḍat al-aḥbāb fī siyar al-Nabī wa ’l-āl wa ’l-aṣḥāb , a history of Muḥammad, his family and companions, written at the request of Mīr ʿAlī S̲h̲īr and completed in 900/1494-5 (Lucknow ed. 1297/1880-2, Turkish tr. Constantinople 1268/1852); (2) Tuḥfat al-aḥibbāʾ fī manāḳib Āl …

Ḥaydar

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, S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ , the 5th Ṣafawid s̲h̲ayk̲h̲ in line of descent from S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ Ṣafī al-Dīn Isḥāḳ, the founder of the Ṣafawid ṭarīḳa . The son of D̲j̲unayd [ q.v.] and K̲h̲adīd̲j̲a Begum, the sister of the Aḳ Ḳoyunlu ruler Uzun Ḥasan, Ḥaydar succeeded his father as head of the Ṣafawid ṭarīḳa at Ardabīl in 864/1460. Ḥaydar, by his marriage to Ḥalīma Begī Āg̲h̲ā (or Marta; better known as ʿAlams̲h̲āh Begum), the daughter of Uzun Ḥasan and Despina K̲h̲ātūn, the latter the daughter of Calo Johannes, the Emperor of Trebizond, maintained the close alliance w…

Iʿtimād al-Dawla

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, littéralement «soutien fidèle de l’État», titre des wazīrs persans durant et après l’époque şafawide. On ne rencontre pas le titre d’ iʿtimād al-dawla au cours du règne d’Ismāʿīl Ier (907-30/1501-24); il n’apparaît pour la première fois que vers la fin de celui de Ṭahmāsp Ier, vers 976/1568-9 (voir Tārik̲h̲-i Īlcī-yi Niẓāms̲h̲āh, ms. B. M. Add. 23.513, fol. 480 a). L’adoption de ce titre reflète l’importance grandissante de la bureaucratie dans une administration de plus en plus centralisée; elle indique de plus un accroissement marqué de la puissance du wazīr aux dépens du wakīl [ q.v.…

As̲h̲raf

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, ville de la province persane du Māzandarān, et capitale d’un district ( bulūk) du même nom, située à 36° 41’55" de lat. N. et à 53° 32’ 30" de long. E., à 8 km. de la côte de la mer Caspienne, à 56 km. à l’E. de Sārī, à 69 km. à l’O. d’Astarābād sur la route entre ces deux villes. La ville s’étend au pied des contreforts boisés de la haute chaîne de l’Alburz, et jouit d’une vue étendue vers le Nord sur la baie d’Astarābād. Bien que les environs d’As̲h̲raf soient fertiles et produisent du coton de belle qua…

Asad Allāh Iṣfahānī

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, célèbre fabricant d’épées ( s̲h̲ams̲h̲īrsāz) persan de l’époque de S̲h̲āh ʿAbbās Ier. On dit que le sultan ottoman présenta un casque à S̲h̲āh ʿAbbās et offrit une somme d’argent à celui qui pourrait fendre le casque en deux avec une épée. Asad en fabriqua une avec laquelle il réussit cet exploit et, en récompense, S̲h̲āh ʿAbbās exempta de taxes les fabricants d’épées, qui bénéficièrent de cette faveur jusqu’à l’époque ḳād̲j̲āre ¶ (voir A. K. S. Lambton, Islande Society in Persia, Londres 1954, 25). Pour une description de l’œuvre d’Asad Allāh, voir Survey of Persian Art, III, 2575. (R.M. …

ʿAbbās Ier

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, dit le Grand, roi de Perse de la dynastie ṣafawīde, second fils et successeur de Muḥammad Ḵh̲udābanda, né le Ier ramaḍan 978/27 janvier 1571, et mort à Māzandarān le 24 d̲j̲umādā I 1038/19, janvier 1629, après un règne de 42 années solaires (43 années lunaires). En 980/1572-3, Ismāʿīl II mit à mort le lala (tuteur) de ʿAbbās, et nomma ʿAlī Ḳulī Ḵh̲ān S̲h̲āmlū gouverneur de Harāt avec l’ordre d’exécuter ʿAbbās lui-même. ʿAlī Ḳulī temporisa, et lorsque la mort d’Ismāʿīl II (985/1577-8) rendit l’ordre nul et non avenu, il fut lui-même nommé lala de ʿAbbās par Muḥammad Ḵh̲udābanda. Trois…
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