Consejo Ibero-Safavid de Estudios Históricos

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El 6 de Noviembre de 2013 se creó en Madrid el Consejo Hispano-Safavid de Estudios Históricos, cuyo fin es “to focus on all the studies concerning the relations between Spain-Portugal and the Safavids, and to hold a seminar every two years”.

Este Consejo tiene como objetivo celebrar un encuentro cada dos años para incentivar las relaciones culturales entre España-Portugal e Irán y profundizar en las raíces comunes en aspectos políticos, religiosos, comerciales y sociales.

Los miembros del Consejo Ibero-Safavid de Estudios Históricos son:

  • Consejeros:
    • Prof. Enrique García Hernán, CSIC
    • Dr. José Cutillas Ferrer, University of Alicante
    • Prof. Rudi Matthee, University of Delaware
    • Prof. Rui Loureiro, CHAM, Portugal
    • Prof. Jorge Flores, European University Institute, Florence
    • Prof. Carlos Martínez Shaw, UNED, Spain


  • Secretario:
    • Dr. Phillip Williams, CESEDEN, Spain


  • Miembros de Honor:
    • Prof. Luis Gil Fernández, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
    • Rvdo. P. Carlos Alonso OSA, Estudio Agustiniano, Valladolid

The Safavid dynasty was officially established in the year 1501, when the 14 year old, hereditary, Sufi-master Shah Isma’il defeated the Aq-Quyunlu faction and took over their capital city Tabriz. Upon ascension to the throne, the youthful Shah’s first executive act was to proclaim Shi’ism the official state religion. This edict, no matter how inevitable its promulgation seems in retrospect, may not have been as clearly anticipated by Isma’il’s contemporaries. On the paternal side of the family, Shah Isma’il’s lineage can be traced back to a Kurdish, Sunni, aristocratic family from Ardabil, a city just Southwest of the Caspian Sea. The family’s position was cemented in the fourteenth century when the member Saffiodin-Eshaq, a self styled spiritualist who “was neither a Shi’a nor a Sayyid (a direct descendent of the prophet),” became a follower of the powerful Sufi, Shaykh Zahed-e Gilani. Saffiodin was so popular with his master that he was granted the mystic’s daughter in marriage. This favor in turn dictated that Saffiodinwas chosen as the new leader of the order upon his patron’s death. Eventually, the sect even renamed itself in Saffiodin’s honor becoming the Safavids. (Suat Diktas)