This is a 18 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on Muslim Civilizations: The Safavid Empire. All the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
The Safavid Dynasty was one of the most significant ruling dynasties of Persia after the fall of the Sasanian Empire, following the Muslim conquest of Persia in the 7th century AD, and "is often considered the beginning of modern Persian history". As one of the powerful "gunpowder empires" of the age, the Safavids re-established Persia's place as a key player in history. It ruled over the western reaches of the Silk Road, before it was supplanted by ocean-going trading vessels.
At its height, the Safavid Dynasty controlled not only all of Iran, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, but also most of Afghanistan, Iraq, Georgia, and the Caucasus, and parts of Turkmenistan, Turkey, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. In 1726, an Afghan group destroyed the ruling dynasty. After the conquest a division of powers was agreed between the new Afghan Shahs and the Shi'a ulama.
The Afghan Shahs controlled the state and foreign policy, and could levy taxes and make secular laws. The ulama retained control of religious practice; and enforced the Sharia (Qur'anic law) in personal and family matters. The problems of this division of spiritual and political authority is something that Iran is still working out today.
The presentation covers the following:
Map of Safavid Empire
Religion: Negative Influences (2)
Religion: Positive Influences
Arts & Culture
Shah Abbas I
Decline of the Empire
Division of Powers
End of Presentation
This is one of several power point presentations that I offer in my store on... Muslim Civilizations.