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3 2018, 10(37): 155-192 Back to browse issues page
A Study of Social Mobility and Meritocracy in the Safavid Era (By Emphasizing on the Vizierate)
Sasan Tahmasbi
History Department
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Experience, family, talent, relationship and supporting the Safavids were the most important factors to acquire the vizierate office in the Safavid era. The role of the family was the most important one. Because most of the viziers came from high classes and the family situation affected other factors. Viziers whom were selected according to their experience and talents were chiefly capable and meritorious but a great number of the Viziers achieved the position of vizierate by relying on their family status and relationship with Emirs and courtiers while lacking enough merit. Using historical method and sociology theories, the paper aims to assess the measure of social mobility and meritocracy in the Safavid era. The findings of the paper shows while the Safavid society was flexible but was not meritocratic enough. There were many obstacles in the way of meritocracy. Half of the thirty viziers did not enjoy enough merits and only eight of them were meritorious.
 
 
Keywords: Safavids, vizierate, social mobility, meritocracy
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2017/12/16 | Accepted: 2018/06/6 | Published: 2018/09/15
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Tahmasbi S. A Study of Social Mobility and Meritocracy in the Safavid Era (By Emphasizing on the Vizierate). 3. 2018; 10 (37) :155-192
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Volume 10, Issue 37 (HISTORICAL STUDIES OF ISLAM , 2018) Back to browse issues page
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