The Transformation of Shah Ismail Safevi in the Turkish Hikâye

@article{Gallagher2009TheTO,
  title={The Transformation of Shah Ismail Safevi in the Turkish Hik{\^a}ye},
  author={Amelia Gallagher},
  journal={Journal of Folklore Research},
  year={2009},
  volume={46},
  pages={173 - 195}
}
  • A. Gallagher
  • Published 1 May 2009
  • History
  • Journal of Folklore Research
As the first Safavid monarch, Shah Ismail Safevi (d. 1524) established a dynasty that ushered Iran into the eighteenth century as a predominately Shīʿī state. Shah Ismail remains a controversial figure of Islamic history, as evidence suggests that he promoted himself as semi-divine incarnation. This article explores the Turkish minstrel tale (hikâye) of Shah Ismail. The hikâye is a type of oral narrative that, in this case, is based on a historical figure who promoted himself as a messianic… 
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