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Removal of the heart: how Islam became a matter of state in Iran

Some academics argue the Safavid Shahs gave Iranian Shia a rule-fixation and abandonment of spirituality it has never lost The crowning of Ismail as king of Iran in Tabriz in 1501 was low-key, as was his announcement that Shia Islam would henceforth be the official state religion. And yet this was a turning-point in Iranian history, with repercussions up to the present day.
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