On the margins of minority life: Zoroastrians and the state in Safavid Iran

  title={On the margins of minority life: Zoroastrians and the state in Safavid Iran},
  author={Kioumars Ghereghlou},
  journal={Bulletin of The School of Oriental and African Studies-university of London},
  • Kioumars Ghereghlou
  • Published 1 February 2017
  • History
  • Bulletin of The School of Oriental and African Studies-university of London
This article looks at the treatment of the Zoroastrians by central and provincial authorities in early modern Yazd, Kirman and Isfahan, emphasizing the institutional weaknesses of the central or khāṣṣa protection they were supposed to benefit from under the Safavids (907–1135/1501–1722). It is argued that the maltreatment the Zoroastrians endured under the Safavids had little to do with religious bigotry. Rather, it arose from rivalries between the central and the provincial services of the… 
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