The Religion of the Kara Koyunlu Dynasty: An Analysis

Seyyed Masoud Shahmoradi, Mostafa Pir Moradian, Asghar Montazerolghaem


Different scholars have considered the Kara Koyunlu “Twelver Shiites”, “Radical Shiites” and some others “Sunnites.” A review of the “criteria for being recognized a Shiite” and comparing them with the Kara Koyunlu can confirm that they were Shiites. However, the Kara Koyunlu must be considered as having a type of Shia referred to as doctrinal Shia and Sufic Shia which having been formed through Shi’ization  of the Sunnites and sharing Sufic characteristics, does not belong to any of the common sects of Shia. The present study aims to prove that the Kara Koyunlu were Shiites using descriptive-analytic method and library research.

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Asian Culture and History   ISSN 1916-9655(Print)   ISSN 1916-9663 (Online)

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