Daily Life
Like the Ottoman Empire, The Safavids were a mixed society. The Safavids had come to power with the support of nomadic Turkic-speaking tribal groups, and leading elements from those groups retained considerable influence within the empire. The majority of the population was Iranian. Most were farmers and/or townspeople with attitudes inherited from the relatively complicated and urbanized culture of pre-Safavid Iran. Faced with the problem of integrating unruly Turkic-speaking tribal people s with sedentary Persian-speaking of the urban areas, the Safavids used the Shi’ite faith as a unifying force. The Shah himself maintained a divine quality and claimed to be the spiritual leader of all Islam. Shi’ism was declared the state religion. The children in the Empire spent a lot of there time around the house many of them painted, wrote literature, and played or listened to music when they had time. The Safavid Empire was a leading distributing empire in the textile business and created clothes with birds, animals, and flowers on them.