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Ṭahmāsp ibn Ismāʿīl
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Ṭahmāsp was the eldest son of the founder of the Safavid dynasty, Ismāʿīl I (r. 1501-24). From his birth, he was heir apparent to his father. In 1516, when he was two years old, he was assigned an amīr of one of the prominent Qizilbāsh tribes, the Turkish tribes that formed the military backbone of the Safavid polity, as his lala (tutor, i.e. guardian), and sent to Herat as nominal governor of the rich province of Khurāsān.

At the age of ten, he…

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Newman, Andrew, “Ṭahmāsp ibn Ismāʿīl”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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