Sayyid Movement

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Sayyid Movement


a popular antifeudal, anti-Mongol movement which arose in Mazanderan and Gilan (Iran) in the 14th century. The Sayyid movement was similar to the Serba-dar movement. It was led by Sheikh Sayyid Qavam al-Din Mar-ashi, head of the Hasan order, a dervish order of the Sufi sect; Marashi settled in Mazanderan after taking part in the Serba-dar movement in Khorasan.

In 1360 a Sayyid state was formed. It was similar to the Ser-badar states and was ruled by Sheikh Marashi and his descendants. In 1392 it was conquered by Tamerlane. In 1406, as a result of a popular uprising, the state was restored. It gradually became a typical feudal state and existed to the end of the 16th century.

An analogous Sayyid state was formed in 1370 in eastern Gilan, with its capital in Lahijan, as a result of a popular movement that was led by Sheikh Ala Kiya and supported by Sheikh Marashi. This state existed until 1592. Both Sayyid states were liquidated by the Safavids.


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