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Foundations: Islamic Empires: Safavid Empire

SAFAVID EMPIRE, 1501-1736

   

Reflection of the Shah or Imam, Emam Mosque at Meidan-e Emam, Naqsh-e Jahan, Imam Square. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Accessed Feb 22, 2021. https://quest.eb.com/search/322_2746630/1/322_2746630/cite.

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Meidan Emam, Esfahan

 

Secondary Sources

Secondary Sources will have more specific information about your topic.

  • Secondary source books written by scholars which present a new interpretation or thesis based upon a synthesis of primary sources, scholarly journal articles, and other secondary sources.
  • Sometimes there will be an entire book, sometimes you may have to assemble information from multiple monographs.
  • Secondary sources will usually have a bibliography of materials for further study, including primary sources, journal articles (which are also secondary sources), and books. 

 

BOOKS ON RESERVE AT THE CIRCULATION DESK 

To ensure equitable access, all reserve materials are to be used only in the library for the duration of the project.

To borrow reserve books:

  1. Ask Library Staff at the Circulation Desk for the specific books you would like to use.
  2. We will retrieve the books from the reserve shelves and sign them out to you.
  3. When you have finished using them or at the end of class, RETURN the books to a Library Staff Member.

General (more than one empire)

  • Cities of destiny / Arnold Toynbee. G140 .T69 1967  (oversize book)  PS
  • A history of architecture in 100 buildings / Dan Cruikshank. N200 .C78 2015 PS
  • A history of Islamic societies / Ira M. Lapidus. DS35.63 .L37 2014
  • A history of the modern Middle East / William L. Cleveland. DS62.4 .C53 2013
  • Islam: a short history / Karen Armstrong. BP50 .A69 2000
  • Islamic art / David Talbot Rice. N6260 .R53 1965  PS
  • Islamic empires: the cities that shaped civilization from Mecca to Dubai / Justin Marozzi. DS36.855 M37 2020
  • The Oxford history of Islam / edited by John L. Esposito. BP50 .O95 1999
  • Palace and mosque: Islamic art from the Victoria and Albert Museum / Tim Stanley. N6264 L673 2004  PS 
  • Religious transformations in the early modern world: a brief history with documents / Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks. BR252 .W54 2009 PS
  • The venture of Islam: conscience and history in a world civilization, vol. 3: The Gunpowder empires and modern times / Marshall G.S. Hodgson. DS 36.85 .H63 v.3  (also an online ebook)

Safavid Empire

  • Destiny disrupted: a history of the world through Islamic eyes / Tamim Ansary. DS35.63 .A57 2009
  • The history of Iran / Elton L. Daniel (an online ebook)
  • Iran: a country study / Edited by Glenn E. Curtis and Eric Hooglund. DS254.5 .I732 2008 (also available from the Library of Congress
  • Iran under the Safavids / Roger Savory. DS292 .S26 1980
  • Iran : what everyone needs to know® / Michael Axworthy. DS272 .A945 2017 
  • The Oxford handbook of Iranian history / edited by Touraj Daryaee. DS272 .O94 2012 (also an online ebook)
  • Splendor of the gods / Flavio Conti. NA4830 .C6613 (oversize book)

PS = contains primary source materials

Primary Sources

Primary Sources

Sources created by those who lived it

Any document, image, or artifact created at the time of the topic being researched is a primary source.

Examples include: eyewitness accounts, memoirs, household and day-to-day objects, clothing, coins, works of art and architecture.

See the Images tab for finding images of artifacts, buildings, coinage, etc from your empire.

Please note: primary source documents and images are a reflection of the time and culture in which they were created and may contain language or images that are considered offensive today.

 

Primary Sources in Books / eBooks

  • Cities of destiny / Arnold Toynbee. G140 .T69 1967  (oversize book)
  • A history of architecture in 100 buildings / Dan Cruikshank. N200 .C78 2015 
  • Islamic art / David Talbot Rice. N6260 .R53 1965
  • Palace and mosque: Islamic art from the Victoria and Albert Museum / Tim Stanley. N6264 L673 2004
  • Religious transformations in the early modern world: a brief history with documents / Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks. BR252 .W54 2009 

Primary Sources on the Internet

On the arts of the Safavid

 

Primary Sources in Databases

If you have any questions,

see Mr. Padgett or Ms. Taylor

OR email us at 

spadgett@taftschool.org  

  taylorp@taftschool.org

We're here to help!

 

NoodleTools Tips for Citing Books / eBooks and Primary Sources

 

PLEASE NOTE: Do not copy and paste complete citations from electronic sources. NoodleTools cannot generate footnotes from copied and pasted citations.

 

To cite a book, first choose the NoodleTools option that best describes where you found it.

  • Database = an electronic book found in a Taft Subscription Database such as ACLS Humanities e-Book.
    • Choose Book.
    • You must provide the permanent URL for your source. Look for any of the following on the page: permalink, persistent link, stable link, durable link, "Get link",Cite, or Citable Link.
    • Choose the name of the database, using the pull-down menu under My library's databases.
    • Complete information about the book (author, title, publication place, publisher, and publication date).
  • Website = an electronic book found on the Internet using a search engine like Google.
    • Choose Book.
    • Copy and paste the URL for the book from your browser address bar. 
    • Enter author, title, publication place, publisher, and publication date. If there's an ISBN, search that number to get the information about the book.
  • Print or In Hand = a book in the Reserve collection behind the main desk or found upstairs in the Main collection.
    • Choose Book.
    • Using information in the book, enter author, title, publication place, publisher, and publication date.

Note: Print and electronic books can also be cited in NoodleTools using the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) . For a print book, look for the ISBN and associated barcode on the back cover or on the back side of the title page. If you don't find it, a library staff member can help. Books published before 1967 won't have an ISBN.

International Standard Book Number - Wikipedia

If you have any questions,  Mr. Padgett or Ms. Taylor are happy to help!

 

To cite a primary source, first choose the NoodleTools option that best describes where you found it:

  • Database = a document found in a Taft Subscription Database such as Gale in Context: World History.
    • You must provide the permanent URL for your source. Look for any of the following on the page: permalink, persistent link, stable link, durable link, "Get link",Cite, or Citable Link.
  • Website = a document found on the Websites section of the course guide, found through a web directory like SweetSearch or a search engine such as Google. 
  • Print or In Hand = a document found in a book in the library. For example: in a reference book or a secondary source.

Next determine what kind of primary source you are citing:

  • Look at the list of options in NoodleTools. Is it a newspaper article, a speech, a letter, or another item listed? If so, choose that item type.
  • If you are not sure, you can use "Anthology / Collection" which enables you to cite a source found within another source.