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Many if not most of these must have come from Asia Minor, so that even at this early date the Order was establishing and consolidating itself in regions where it was afterwards destined to cause the greatest anxiety to the Ottoman SultPns2. Shaykh Sadru'd-Din succeeded his father at the age of 31 in 735/1334 and controlled the affairs of the Order for 59 years until his death in 79411392. H e also succeeds his Sadru'd-Din composed verses in Persian, and is besides father in credited with many miracles, the most cele7351x334.

359-360 and 393-4. 3 Ff. 90-91 of Mr A. G . ~llis'sMS. 4 Ytnus Pasha, Grand Vezir to SultPn Selim, executed in ga3/1517. zesus, for fear lest if Techellis, now fled into the Persian Kingdom, should from thence return with new Forces, they should also again repair unto him and raise a new Rebellion. D. 1508, but by the Ahsa~zu't-TawLiyLKh in g I 7115 I 1-1 2, the year before Bdyazid's death. I t is curious that little or nothing is said by the Persian historians about this massacre of the Shi'a in Turkey, which von Hammer describes as one of the most dreadful deeds ever perpetrated in the name of Religion, not excepting the cruelties of the Inquisition or the Massacre of S t Bartholomew.

R. Lit. iii, p. 407. 48 CREATION OF THE S A F A W ~POWER [PT 1 fleerzth and sixtee~zthcentzsviesl describes him as " a lord about the rank of a count, named Secaidar, of a religion or sect named Sophi, reverenced by his co-religionists as a saint and obeyed as a chief. There are," he continues, "numbers of them in different parts of Persia, as in Natolia (Anatolia) and Caramania (QaramPn), all of whom bore great respect to this Secaidar, who was a native of this city of Ardouil (Ardabil or Ardawil), where he had converted many to the Suffavean (Safawi) doctrine.

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