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Ismail I

Ismail I
شاه اسماعیل یکم
Shahanshah of Iran
Shah Ismail I.
Reign 1501–1524
Successor Tahmasp I
Born July 17, 1487
Ardabil, Iran
Died May 23, 1524
Tabriz, Iran
Burial Ardabil, Iran
Consort Daughter of Shirvanshah Khalilullah II
House Safavid dynasty
Father Haydar Safavi
Mother Halima Begum (also known as Martha)

Ismail I, (July 17, 1487 – May 23, 1524), known in Persian as Shāh Ismāʿil, (Persian: شاه اسماعیل‎‎; full name: Abū l-Muzaffar Isma'il bin Haydar as-Safavī; Azerbaijani: بیرینجی شاه اسماعیل; Şah İsmayıl Xətai), was Shah of Iran (Persia) (1501)[1][2] and the founder of the Safavid dynasty which survived until 1736. Isma'il started his campaign in Iranian Azerbaijan in 1500 as the leader of the Safaviyya, a Twelver Shia militant religious order, and unified all of Iran by 1509.[3] Born in Ardabil, Iranian Azerbaijan, he was the king (shah) of the Safavid dynasty from 1501 to 1524.

The dynasty founded by Ismail I would rule for over two centuries, being one of the greatest Persian empires after the North Caucasus, Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan, as well as parts of modern day Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan at their height.[4][5][6][7] it also reasserted the Iranian identity in Greater Iran,[8] The legacy of the Safavid Empire was also the revival of Persia as an economic stronghold between East and West, the establishment of an efficient state and bureaucracy, their architectural innovations and their patronage for fine arts.

Ismail played a key role in the rise of Twelver Islam; he converted Iran from Sunni to Shi'a Islam, importing religious authorities from the Levant.[9] In Alevism, Shah Ismail remains revered as a spiritual guide.

Ismail was also a prolific poet who, under the pen name Khatā'ī (which means "sinner" in Arabic) contributed greatly to the literary development of the Azerbaijani language.[10] He also contributed to Persian literature, though few of his Persian writings are still in existence.[11]


  • Origins 1
  • Life 2
    • Invasion of Shirvan and Azerbaijan 2.1
  • Reign 3
    • Conquest of Iran and its surroundings 3.1
    • War against the Ottomans 3.2
  • Late reign and death 4
  • Ismail's poetry 5
    • Poetry example 1 5.1
    • Poetry example 2 5.2
    • Poetry example 3 5.3
    • Poetry from other composers about Ismail, I. 5.4
  • Emergence of a clerical aristocracy 6
  • Appearance and skills 7
  • Legacy 8
  • Memory 9
  • Alevism 10
  • Issue 11
  • Ancestry 12
  • See also 13
  • References 14
  • Sources 15


The battle between the young Ismail and Shah Farrukh Yassar of Shirvan

Ismail was born to Martha and Halima Begum, was the daughter of Uzun Hasan by his Pontic Greek wife Theodora Megale Komnene, better known as Despina Khatun.[15] Despina Khatun was the daughter of Emperor John IV of Trebizond. (She had married Uzun Hassan in a deal to protect the Greek Empire of Trebizond from the Ottomans.[16]) Ismail grew up bilingual, speaking Persian and Azerbaijani.[17][18] Not only did Ismail have Kurdish ancestors, but he also had ancestors from various other ethnic groups;[19][20][21][22] the majority of scholars agree that his empire was an Iranian one.[4][5][6][7][23]

In 700/1301, Safi al-Din assumed the leadership of the Zahediyeh, a significant Sufi order in Gilan, from his spiritual master and father-in-law Zahed Gilani. The order was later known as the Safaviyya. Like his father and grandfather Ismail headed the Safaviyya Sufi order. An invented genealogy claimed that Sheikh Safi (the founder of the order and Ismael's ancestor) was a lineal descendant of Ali. Ismail also proclaimed himself the Mahdi and a reincarnation of Ali.[24]


Ismail declares himself shah by entering Tabriz, painter Chingiz Mehbaliyev, in private collectin.

In 1488, the father of Ismail was killed in a battle at Derbent against the forces of the Shirvanshah Farrukh Yassar and his overlord, the Aq Qoyunlu, a Turkic tribal federation which controlled most of Iran. In 1494 the Aq Qoyunlu captured Ardabil, killing Ali Mirza Safavi (the eldest son of Haydar), and forcing the 7-year old Ismail to go into hiding in Gilan, where he received education under the guidance of renowned scholars.

When Ismail reached the age of 12, he came out of hiding and returned to Iranian Azerbaijan along with his followers. Ismail's advent to power was due to Turkoman tribes of Anatolia and Azerbaijan, who formed the most important part of the Qizilbash movement.[25]

Invasion of Shirvan and Azerbaijan

In the summer of 1500, about 7,000 Qizilbash forces, consisting of Ustaclu, Shamlu, Rumlu, Tekelu, Zhulkadir, Afshar, Qajar and Varsak tribes, responded to the invitation of Ismail in Erzincan.[26] Qizilbash forces passed over the Kura River in November 1500, and marched towards the Shirvanshah's state. They defeated the forces under the Shirvanshah Farrukh Yassar near Cabanı (present-day Shamakhi Rayon, Azerbaijan), and conquered Baku.[27] By that, Shirvan and it's dependencies (up to southern Dagestan in the north) were Ismail's now.


The battle between Ismail I and Muhammad Shaybani.

Conquest of Iran and its surroundings

In July 1501, Ismail was enthroned as Shah of Azerbaijan,[28] choosing Tabriz as his capital. He then appointed his former guardian and mentor Husayn Beg Shamlu as the vakil (vicegerent) of the empire and the commander-in-chief (amir al-umara) of the Qizilbash army.[29][30] His army was composed of tribal units, the majority of which were Turkmen from Anatolia and Syria with the remainder Kurds and Čaḡatāy.[31] Furtheremore, he also appointed a former Iranian vizier of the Aq Qoyunlu, named Muhammad Zakariya Kujuji, as his vizier.[32]

After defeating a Aq Qoyunlu army in 1502, Ismail took the title of "Yazd. In 1507, he conquered Diyabakir. During the same year, Ismail appointed the Iranian Amir Najm al-Din Mas'ud Gilani as the new vakil. This was because Ismail had begun favoring the Iranians more than the Qizilbash, who although had played a crucial role in Ismail's campaigns, possessed too much power and were no longer very trustable.[34][35]

One year later, he made the ruler of Khuzestan, Lorestan, and Kurdistan become his vassals. During the same year, Ismail and Husayn Beg Shamlu seized Baghdad, thus putting an end to the Aq Qoyunlu.[36][37] Ismail then began destroying Sunni sites in Baghdad including tombs of Abbasid Caliphs and tombs of the two Sunni figures Imam Abū Ḥanīfah and Abdul Qadir Gilani.[38]

By 1510, he had conquered the whole of Iran and Azerbaijan,[39] southern Kartli and Kakheti his vassals.[40][41] During the same year, Husayn Beg Shamlu lost his office as commander-in-chief in favor to a man of humble origins, Muhammad Beg Ustajlu.[34] Furthermore, Ismail had also appointed Najm-e Sani as the new vakil of the empire due to death of Mas'ud Gilani.[35]

Some time later, Ismail I moved against the Uzbeks. In battle near the city of Merv, some 17,000 Qizilbash warriors ambushed and defeated a superior Uzbek force numbering 28,000. The Uzbek ruler, Muhammad Shaybani, was caught and killed trying to escape the battle and the shah had his skull made into a jewelled drinking goblet.[42] In 1512, Najm-e Sani was killed during a clash with the Uzbeks, which made Ismail appoint Abd al-Baqi Yazdi as the new vakil of the empire.[43]

War against the Ottomans

Artwork of the Battle of Chaldiran.

The active recruitment of support for the Safavid cause among the Turcoman tribes of Eastern Anatolia, among tribesmen who were Ottoman subjects, had inevitably placed the neighbouring Ottoman empire and the Safavid state on a collision course.[44] As the Encyclopaedia Iranica states, “As orthodox or Sunni Muslims, the Ottomans had reason to view with alarm the progress of Shīʿī ideas in the territories under their control, but there was also a grave political danger that the Ṣafawīya, if allowed to extend its influence still further, might bring about the transfer of large areas in Asia Minor from Ottoman to Persian allegiance”.[44] Furthermore, by the early 1510s, Ismail's rapidly expansionistic policies had made the Safavid border in Asia Minor shift even more westwards. In 1511, there was a widespread pro-Safavid rebellion in southern Anatolia by the Takkalu Qizilbash tribe, known as the Şahkulu Rebellion,[44] and an imperial army that was sent in order to put it the rebellion down was defeated.[44] The Ottomans reacted soon, when a large-scale incursion into Eastern Anatolia by Safavid ghazis under Nūr-ʿAlī Ḵalīfa coincided with the accession of Sultan Selim I in 1512 to the Ottoman throne, and was the casus belli which led to Selim's decision to invade neighbouring Safavid Iran two years later.[44] In 1514, Selim I attacked Ismail's kingdom. Selim and Ismail had been exchanging a series of belligerent letters prior to the attack. While the Safavid forces were at Chaldiran and planning on how to confront the Ottomans, Muhammad Khan Ustajlu, who served as the governor of Diyabakir, and Nur-Ali Khalifa, a commander who knew how the Ottomans fought, proposed that they should attack as quickly as possible.[45] However, this proposal was rejected by the powerful Qizilbash officer Durmish Khan Shamlu, who rudely said that Muhammad Khan Ustajlu was only interested in the province which he governed. The proposal was also rejected by Ismail himself, who said; "I am not a caravan-thief, whatever is decreed by God, will occur."[45]

However, Selim I eventually defeated Ismail at the battle of Chaldiran in 1514.[46] Ismail's army was more mobile and their soldiers were better prepared but the Ottomans prevailed due in large part to their efficient modern army, and possession of artillery, black powder and muskets. Ismail was wounded and almost captured in battle. Selim entered the Iranian capital of Tabriz in triumph on September 5,[47] but did not linger. A mutiny among his troops fearing a counterattack and entrapment by the fresh Safavid forces called in from the interior forced the triumphant Ottomans to withdraw prematurely. This allowed Ismail to recover quickly. Among the booties from Tabriz was Ismail's favorite wife, for whose release the Sultan demanded huge concessions, which were refused. Despite his defeat at the Battle of Chaldiran, Ismail quickly recovered most of his kingdom, from east of the Lake Van to the Persian Gulf. However, the Ottomans managed to annex for the first time Eastern Anatolia and parts of Mesopotamia, as well as briefly northwestern Iran.[48]

The Venetian ambassador Caterino Zeno describes the events as follows:

He also adds that:

Late reign and death

After the Battle of Chaldiran, Ismail lost his supernatural air and the aura of invincibility, gradually falling into heavy drinking of alcohol.[51] Ismail retired to his palace and withdrew from active participation in the affairs of the state, leaving these to his vizier, Mirza Shah Husayn,[52] whom he became close friends with and drank together with. This made Mirza Shah Husayn gain influence over Ismail and expand his authority.[53] However, Mirza Shah Husayn was later assassinated in 1523 by a group of Qizilbash officers, which made Ismail appoint Zakariya's son Jalal al-Din Mohammad Tabrizi as his new vizier. Ismail died on 23 May 1524 at the relatively early age of thirty-six. He was buried in Ardabil, and was succeeded by his son Tahmasp I.

The consequences of the defeat at Chaldiran were also psychological for Ismail: His relationships with his Qizilbash followers were also fundamentally altered. The tribal rivalries between the Qizilbash, which temporarily ceased before the defeat at Chaldiran, resurfaced in intense form immediately after the death of Ismail, and led to ten years of civil war (930-40/1524-33) until Shah Tahmasp regained control of the affairs of the state. The [54]

During Ismail's reign, mainly in the late 1510's, the first steps for the Habsburg–Persian alliance were set as well with Charles V and Ludwig II of Hungary, in view of combining against the common Ottoman Turkish enemy.[55]

Ismail's poetry

Ismail is also known for his poetry using the pen-name Khatā'ī (Arabic: خطائی‎ "Sinner").[56] According to Encyclopædia Iranica, "Ismail was a skillful poet who used prevalent themes and images in lyric and didactic-religious poetry with ease and some degree of originality". He was also deeply influenced by the Persian literary tradition of Iran, particularly by the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, which probably explains the fact that he named all of his sons after Shahnameh-characters. Dickson and Welch suggest that Ismail's "Shāhnāmaye Shāhī" was intended as a present to the young Tahmasp.[57] After defeating Muhammad Shaybani's Uzbeks, Ismail asked Hatefi, a famous poet from Jam (Khorasan), to write a Shahnameh-like epic about his victories and his newly established dynasty. Although the epic was left unfinished, it was an example of mathnawis in the heroic style of the Shahnameh written later on for the Safavid kings.[58]

Bust of Ismail I in Ganja, Republic of Azerbaijan

He wrote in the Azerbaijani language, a Turkic language mutually intelligible with Turkish,[59] and in the Persian language. He is considered an important figure in the literary history of Azerbaijani language and has left approximately 1400 verses in this language, which he chose to use for political reasons.[59] Approximately 50 verses of his Persian poetry have also survived.

Most of the poems are concerned with love — particularly of the mystical Sufi kind — though there are also poems propagating Shi'i doctrine and Safavi politics. His other serious works include the Nasihatnāme, a book of advice, and the unfinished Dahnāme, a book which extols the virtues of love.

As Ismail believed in his own divinity and in his descent from Ali, in his poems he tended to strongly emphasize these claims.

Along with the poet Imadaddin Nasimi, Khatā'ī is considered to be among the first proponents of using a simpler Azeri language in verse that would thereby appeal to a broader audience. His work is most popular in Azerbaijan, as well as among the Bektashis of Turkey. There is a large body of Alevi and Bektashi poetry that has been attributed to him. The major impact of his religious propaganda, in the long run, was the conversion of Persia from Sunni to Shia Islam.[60]

The following anecdote demonstrates the status of vernacular Turkish and Persian in the Ottoman Empire and in the incipient Safavid state. Khatā'ī sent a poem in Turkish to the Ottoman Sultan Selim I before going to war in 1514. In a reply the Ottoman Sultan answered in Persian to indicate his contempt.

One of the examples of his poems are:[61][62]

Poetry example 1

Poetry example 2

Poetry example 3


Poetry from other composers about Ismail, I.

Emergence of a clerical aristocracy

An important feature of the Safavid society was the alliance that emerged between the dervishes (futuvva). Because of the relative insecurity of property ownership in Persia, many private landowners secured their lands by donating them to the clergy as so-called vaqf. They would thus retain the official ownership and secure their land from being confiscated by royal commissioners or local governors, as long as a percentage of the revenues from the land went to the ulama. Increasingly, members of the religious class, particularly the mujtahids and the seyyeds, gained full ownership of these lands, and, according to contemporary historian Iskandar Munshi, Persia started to witness the emergence of a new and significant group of landowners.[64]

Appearance and skills

An Italian traveller describes Ismail as follows:


Ismail's greatest legacy was establishing an enduring empire which lasted over 200 years. Even after the fall of Safavids in 1736, their cultural and political influence endured through the era of Afsharid, Zand, Qajar, and Pahlavi dynasties into the modern Islamic Republic of Iran, where Shi'a Islam is still the official religion as it was during the Safavids.


  • Metro, District and Facility[65] in Azerbaijan.
  • The street in Ganja and Prospect in Baku.
  • In 1993, in Baku was erected a monument to Ismail I.
  • The sculpture was erected in Khachmaz (city) to Ismail I.


In Alevism, Shah Ismail is seen as a religious figure, and a moral spiritual leader. His teachings are in the Buyruk.


Ismail I's Statue in Ardabil, Iran.


    • Tahmasp I
    • Prince 'Abul Ghazi Sultan Alqas Mirza (15 March 1515 – 9 April 1550) Governor of Shirvan 1538–1547. He rebelled against his brother Tahmasp, captured and imprisoned at the Fortress of Qahqahan. m. Khadija Sultan Khanum, having had issue, two sons,
      • Sultan Ahmad Mirza (died 1568)
      • Sultan Farrukh Mirza (died 1568)
    • Prince Sultan Rustam Mirza (born 13 September 1517)
    • Prince Levan of Kakheti.
    • Prince 'Abu'l Fat'h Sultan Moez od-din Bahram Mirza (7 September 1518 – 16 September 1550) Governor of Khorasan 1529–1532, Gilan 1536–1537 and Hamadan 1546–1549. m. Zainab Sultan Khanum. She had issue, four sons and one daughter:
      • Sultan Hassan Mirza died in his youth,
      • Sultan Husain Mirza (died 1567)
      • 'Abu'l Fat'h Sultan
      • Ibrahim Mirza (1541–1577),
      • Sultan Badi uz-Zaman Mirza (k.1577)
    • Prince Soltan Hossein Mirza (born 11 December 1520)


    • Princess Shahnavaz Begum, m. as his second wife, before 14 May 1513, Prince Murad Effendi, elder son of Şehzade Ahmet, Crown Prince of Ottoman Empire, son of Bayezid II.
    • Princess Gunish Khanum (26 February 1507 – 2 March 1533) m. (first) at Hamadan, 24 August 1518, Sultan Mozaffar Amir-i-Dibaj (k. at Tabriz, 23 September 1536), Governor of Rasht and Fooman 1516–1535, son of Amir Hisam od-din Amir-i-Dibaj.
    • Princess Pari Khan Khanum m. on 4 October 1521, Shirvanshah Khalil II Governor of Shirvan 1523–1536, son of Shirvanshah Ibrahim II.
    • Princess Khair un-nisa Khanish Khanum (died 12 March 1564) m. 1537, Seyyed Nur od-din Nimatu'llah Baqi Yazdi (d. 21 July 1564), son of Mir Nezam od-din 'Abdu'l Baqi Yazdi.
    • Princess Shah Zainab Khanum (born 1519)
    • Princess Farangis Khanum (born 1519)
    • Princess Mahin Banu Khanum (1519 – 20 January 1562)[66]


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  18. ^ Вопрос о языке, на котором говорил шах Исмаил, не идентичен вопросу о его «расе» или «национальности». Его происхождение было смешанным: одна из его бабушек была греческая принцесса Комнина. Хинц приходит к выводу, что кровь в его жилах была главным образом, не тюркской. Уже его сын шах Тахмасп начал избавляться от своих туркменских преторианцев. [The question of the language used by Shah Ismail is not identical with that of his race or of his "nationality". His ancestry was mixed: one of his grandmothers was a Greek Comnena princess. Hinz, Aufstieg, 74, comes to the conclusion that the blood in his veins was chiefly non-Turkish. Already, his son Shah Tahmasp began to get rid of his Turcoman praetorians.] — V. Minorsky, "The Poetry of Shah Ismail I," Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London 10/4 (1942): 1006–53.
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Ismail I
New creation Shah of Persia
Succeeded by
Tahmasp I
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