عنوان مقاله [English]
The development of Safavid studies in the contemporary period raises the need to evaluate and review researches in this field from the rise of Safavid studies until now. Safavid studies was a deep-rooted and at the same time important effort to know Iran in the 10th to 12th AH/16th to 18th centuries. This effort was on the one hand a reflection of Iranian scholars researches and on the other hand the achievement of Iranologists, especially Western and Europeans. This paper tries to identify and introduce examples of research in this field while pointing to the early stages of Safavid studies and classifying its basic periods, and to pay attention to the views on the developments in Iran during the Safavid era. Safavid studies can be divided into two major categories, Iranian and non-Iranian. Iranian researches on this subject began in the Safavid era, but in fact in later periods, and especially in contemporary Iranian historiography found a worthy place. The most important part of Safavid studies is the contribution of Europeans and then American scientific centers and Iranologists. There is also an indication to the research shortcomings of this issue, suggestions for expanding the fields of Safavid studies and attention to the use of Iranian historical documents, epistles, and sources, the need to pay attention to European and Western visual sources, especially historical maps and paintings and attention to Iranian maritime history. Safavid era and rethinking in the concept of the Iranian world is another part of the current study.