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Bast

(610 words)

Author(s): Savory, R.M.
(Pers.), “sanctuary, asylum”, a term applied to certain places which were regarded as affording an inviolable sanctuary to any malefactor, however grave his crime; once within the protection of the bast , the malefactor could negotiate with his pursuers, and settle the ransom which would purchase his immunity when he left the bast. In Persia the idea of bast was connected in particular with (1) mosques and other sacred buildings, especially the tombs of saints (for example, in 806/1404 Tīmūr is said to have recognised the tomb ( mazār ) at Ardabīl of S̲h̲ayk̲h̲…

Kilāt (Kalāt)-i Nādirī

(300 words)

Author(s): Savory, R.M.
, “the most famous fort of Central Asia”, located some 70 miles north of Mas̲h̲had near the Irano-Soviet border, on a spur of the Ḳarād̲j̲a-Dāg̲h̲ Mts. Kalāt-i Nādirī consists of a high valley (altitude 2,500-3,000 feet), some twenty miles long and running west-east, which is converted into a natural fortress by walls of virtually unscalable rock to the north and south. The height of the southern rampart is 700-800 ft; the northern rampart is even higher. These walls are breached at only five po…

Kinkiwar

(482 words)

Author(s): Savory, R.M.
, Kankiwar , Kangāwar , a small town of western Persia (population in 1975, 13,144) situated in lat. 34°29′ N., long. 47°55′ E., and in the bak̲h̲s̲h̲ of the same time in the s̲h̲ahristān of Kirmāns̲h̲āhān. The town is almost equidistant from the cities of Kirmāns̲h̲āh and Hamadān [ qq.v.], and lies at an altitude of 1,467 m. ; it is first mentioned by Isidore of Charax under the name “Concobar”. The bak̲h̲s̲h̲ comprises (1975) four dihistāns , with a total of some sixty villages and a population of about 38,435. The economy of the region is based on agriculture and trade. The Kangāwar valley ha…

Ḥasan-i Rūmlū

(248 words)

Author(s): Savory, R.M.
, grandson of the ḳi̊zi̊lbās̲h̲ chief Amīr Sulṭān Rūmlū, the governor of Ḳazwīn and Sāud̲j̲ Bulāg̲h̲, who died in 946/1539-40. Ḥasan-i Rūmlū was born at Ḳumm in 937/1530-1, and was trained in the Ṣafawid army as a ḳūrčī . Ḥasan-i Rūmlū is chiefly remembered as the author of a twelve-volume general history entitled Aḥsan altawārīk̲h̲ . Only two volumes are extant, but these are probably the most valuable ones. Vol. x, covering the period 807-899/1405-1493, exists only in MS. in Leningrad (Dorn 287). C. N. Seddon published (Barod…

Takkalū

(570 words)

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(Täkkä-lü), the name of a group of Turcomans originating from the regions of Menteşe, Aydin, Saruhan, Hamit and Germiyan in southern Anatolia, an area known collectively as Tekeili [ q.v.] ( Tārīk̲h̲-i Ḳizilbās̲h̲ān , ed. Mīr Hās̲h̲im Muḥaddit̲h̲, Tehran 1361 AHS/1982, 27). The Turcoman tribes of Anatolia were one of the primary targets of Ṣafawid propaganda ( daʿwa ) [see bāyazīd ii ; ṣafawids. i ], and the Takkalūs responded early to this call and entered the service of the Ṣafawid s̲h̲ayk̲h̲s D̲j̲unayd and Ḥaydar [ q.v.]. In 905/1499, when Ismāʿīl [see ismāʿīl i …

As̲h̲raf

(560 words)

Author(s): Savory, R.M.
, 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

(183 words)

Author(s): Savory, R.M.
, 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

(6,211 words)

Author(s): Savory, R.M.
, 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

(416 words)

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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

(352 words)

Author(s): Savory, R.M.
, 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

(124 words)

Author(s): Savory, R.M.
, 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

(598 words)

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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…

Ḏj̲unayd

(435 words)

Author(s): Savory, R.M.
, S̲h̲ayk̲h̲. quatrième s̲h̲ayk̲h̲ ṣafawide en ligne directe à partir du s̲h̲ayk̲h̲ Ṣafī al-dïn Isḥāḳ, fondateur de la ṭarīḳa safawide, succéda à son père Ibrāhīm comme chef de l’ordre à Ardabîl en 851/ 1447-8; la date de sa naissance est inconnue. Ḏj̲unayd, pour la première fois, organisa les murīds safawides sur une base militaire et, à la différence de ses prédécesseurs, tendit clairement au pouvoir temporel en même temps qu’à l’autorité religieuse. Ses ambitions politiques le mirent immédiatement en conflit avec Djahāns̲h̲āh [ q.v.] souverain ḳara ḳuyūnlū d’Āḍharbayd̲j̲ān,…

Bag̲h̲dād K̲h̲ātūn

(340 words)

Author(s): Savory, R.M.
, fille de l’ amīr al-umarāʾ Amīr Čūbān, nièce du souverain īlk̲h̲ānide de Perse Abū Saʿīd (qui régna de 717 à 736/1317-35) (sa mère était la sœur d’Abū Saʿīd), et épouse du Ḏj̲alāʾiride Amīr Ḥasan, communément connu sous le nom de S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ Ḥasan Buzurg, qu’elle épousa en 723/1323. En 1325, Abū Saʿīd, citant comme précédent le yāsā de Čingiz Ḵh̲ān, essaya de forcer S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ Ḥasan à répudier Bag̲h̲dād Ḵh̲ātūn afin de pouvoir l’épouser lui-même, mais il en fut empêché par Amīr Čūbān. En oct. ou nov. 1327, ce dernier fut traîtreusement mis à mort à …

Ḥamza Mīrzā

(364 words)

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, prince ṣafawide, second fils de Muḥammad Ḵh̲udābanda. né vers 973/1565-6. En 985/1577, Ismāʿīl II ordonna que Ḥamza Mīrzā fût mis à mort à S̲h̲īrāz. avec son père et son frère, Abū Ṭālib, mais le s̲h̲āh fut assassiné avant que l’ordre eût pu être exécuté. Après l’accession de son père, qui était faible et presque aveugle, sous le nom de Muḥammad S̲h̲āh. en d̲h̲ū l-ḥid̲j̲d̲j̲a 985/février 1578, Ḥamza Mϊrzā fut proclamé héritier présomptif sur les instances de sa mère, Mahd-i ʿUlyā qui, jusqu’au moment de son assassinat par les ḳi̊zi̊lbās̲h̲ [ q.v.] en 987/1579, détint le pouvoir réel…

Kilāt (Kalāt)-i Nādirī

(307 words)

Author(s): Savory, R. M.
, le fort le plus célèbre d’Asie centrale, situé à 110km. environ au Nord de Mas̲h̲had, près de la frontière iranosoviétique, sur un éperon des montagnes du Ḳarād̲j̲adāg̲h̲: il s’agit d’une vallée élevée (ait. 750 à 900 mètres), longue d’une trentaine de km. et orientée d’Ouest en Est, avec, au Nord et au Sud, des parois rocheuses pratiquement impossibles à escalader qui en font une véritable forteresse naturelle; la hauteur du rempart Sud est de 210 à 240 mètres et le rempart Nord est encore pl…

Iʿtimād al-Dawla

(146 words)

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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

(598 words)

Author(s): Savory, R.M.
, 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…

Ṣadr al-Dīn Ardabīlī

(322 words)

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(S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ Ṣadr al-milla wa-l-dīn Mūsā), second fils de Ṣafī al-dīn Ardabīlī [ q.v.], né le 1 s̲h̲awwāl 704/26 avril 1305 (S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ Ḥusayn b. Abdāl Zāhidī, Silsilat al-nasab-i Ṣafawiyya, Iranschähr Publications n° 6, Berlin 1924-5, 39). Désigné par son père comme successeur et adjoint ( k̲h̲alifa wa-nāʾib-munāb), Ṣadr al-dīn assuma la direction de l’ordre ṣafawide en 733/1334. Il agrandit le complexe du mausolée ṣafawide à Ardabīl, ajoutant des salles pour la méditation privée ( k̲h̲alwat-k̲h̲āna), une résidence pour les lecteurs du Ḳurʾān ( dār al-ḥuffāẓ) et une salle ( čīnī-k̲…

K̲h̲urramābād

(264 words)

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, chef-lieu du s̲h̲ahristān de même nom dans la province iranienne (33°29′ N., 48°21′ E.) du Luristān ( ustān 6),à une altitude de 1545 mètres; en 1966, le s̲h̲ahristān comptait 259 000 âmes. C’est au VIIIe/XIVe siècle qu’il est question pour la première fois de cette ville sous son nom actuel; Ḥamd Allāh Mustawfī ( Nuzha, 74) dit en effet: «c’était une belle ville mais elle est maintenant en ruine». De fait, au Sud-est de la ville, le long des rives du Ḵh̲urramābād. ainsi qu’au Sud-ouest, il existe des vestiges remontant à l’époque où la localité ap…
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