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1 CH. D. I 5201. Towards the Sunnis he showed himself ruthless, sparing neither Ruthless reprcssion of eminent divines like the learned Faridu'd-Din Sunnis. Ahmad, a grandson of the celebrated scholar Sa'du'd-Din-i-TaftdzM, who for thirty years had held the office of Shaykhu'l-Isldm in HerAt: nor witty poets like 5 I 2. Bannd'i, who perished in the massacre of Qarshi in 91811 Rut perhaps the most conspicuous instance of a ferocity which pursued his foes even after their death was his treatment of the body of his old enemy Muhammad KhAn Shaybdni, or Shaybak, the Uzbek, of which we shall have to speak very shortly.

3 See the late Sir A. S. for 1897, pp. 114-115. For a long note on Qizil-bdsh, see Babinger's Schejch Bedr ed-Dm, pp. 84-5 of the Sondernbdruck. 4 This, of course, is an error, for the Twelve lmims include 'Alf, who was the first of them and was succeeded by eleven of his descendants. avenged and his body recovered and brought to Ardabil by his redoutable son ShAh Isma'fl, who was at Shaykh Haydar killed in battle this time (Rajab 20, 893 : June 30, 1488)' only in 893/1488. a year old. (Born 892/1487; crow~zed905/1499-1500;died 930/1523-4) Nothing could appear more unpromising than the position of the three little sons of Shaykh Haydar, who were for the moment entirely at the mercy of their father's Isma'il and his enemies.

Began his career of conquest, he was, according to Caterino Zenol, "of noble presence and a truly royal bearing, as in his eyes there was something, I know not what, so great and commanding, which plainly showed that he would yet some day become a great ruler. Nor did the virtues of his mind disaccord with the beauty of his person, as he had an elevated genius, and such a lofty idea of things as seemed incredible a t such a tender age.. He had vigour of mind, quickness of perception, and a personal valour ...

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