The Battle of Chālderān: Official History and Popular Memory

  title={The Battle of Chālderān: Official History and Popular Memory},
  author={Barry D. Wood},
  journal={Iranian Studies},
  pages={105 - 79}
  • B. Wood
  • Published 2 January 2017
  • History
  • Iranian Studies
This article examines some manuscripts of the so-called “Anonymous Histories of Shah Esmāʿil” with a view to answering the question: How did people in post-1514 Iran remember the Battle of Chālderān? After a brief examination of these manuscripts, the article focuses on three moments of the battle—the Safavid council of war, Esmāʿil’s clash with Malquch-oghli, and the Ottoman cannonade—to explore the ways in which popular memory embellished and altered the events we know from the official… 
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