Author(s): Ibrahim SERBESTOGLU
Safavid Cult, which had been supported by the Ottoman State during its founding years, was accused of being rafizist or just the other during the period of politicization and becoming Shi’i. When Shah smayil founded the Safavid State in Iran, two states started to struggle in the political and cultural aspects by getting their legitimates from the religion. During this struggle, the Ottoman State, who wanted to eliminate the expansion attempts of Safavids, prohibited the marriage of Ottomans with Iranian people beginning from the era of Mahmoud II. This prohibition turned into the prohibition of Ottoman women‘s marriage with Iranian men and it continued up to the first years of Turkish Republic.