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A portrait of Shah Ismail

December 31, 1679
Mirza Firuz Shah
Aurangzeb 1658–1707

A portrait of Shah Ismail



A portrait of Shah Ismail, at Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, Telangana. By declaring the Shia creed as the official religion of the Safavid state, the Deccan Sultanates, such as the Adil Shahi and the Qutab Shahi recognized according to some historians as overlords, & recited the name of Shah Ismail during the Friday sermons. There were numerous envoys sent between the Deccan Sultans and the Safavid state which led to historical, mystical, philosophical and Persian literature collaborations. The Deccan Sultanates relied upon strong diplomatic ties with the Safavid regime in order to gain political against the Mughal Empire. However with the onset of decline, the Safavid government was unable to assert themselves in the affairs of the Deccan Sultanates that was expected. Whilst the Safavids struggled with internal strive, the two remaining Deccan Sultanates were finally defeated by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.


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