The Role of Azerbaijani Turkish in Safavid Iran

  title={The Role of Azerbaijani Turkish in Safavid Iran},
  author={Willem M. Floor and Hasan Javadi},
  journal={Iranian Studies},
  pages={569 - 581}
Turkic languages and dialects played a much more important role in Safavid Iran than is generally thought, while Azerbaijani Turkish in particular was widely spoken and written in Safavid Iran. It was not only the language of the court and the army, but it was also used in poetry, even by renowned poets who usually wrote in Persian. The Safavid shahs, many of whom wrote poetry in Turkish themselves, promoted its literary use. Also, Turkish was used in the court's official correspondence, for… 

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