Atabegs of Yazd

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Atabegs of Yazd
Atābakān-e Yazd
اتابکان یزد
Capital Yazd
Languages Persian
Religion Islam
Government Monarchy
   1141–1188 Sam ibn Wardanruz
  1315–1319 Hajji Shah ibn Yusuf Shah
Historical era Middle Ages
   Established 1141
   Disestablished 1319
Preceded by
Succeeded by
KakuyidMapHistoryofIran.png Kakuyids
Muzaffarids (Iran) MuzaffaridDynastyofIranMapHistoryofIran.png

The Atabegs of Yazd (Persian : اتابکان یزد, Atābakān-e Yazd) were a local dynasty, which ruled the city of Yazd from about 1141 to 1319. They succeeded the Kakuyids to whom they were linked by marriage.

Persian language Western Iranian language

Persian, also known by its endonym Farsi, is one of the Western Iranian languages within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is primarily spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and some other regions which historically were Persianate societies and considered part of Greater Iran. It is written right to left in the Persian alphabet, a modified variant of the Arabic script.

Yazd City in Iran

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From the names of the earlier members of the dynasty, it seems they were ethnically Persian, but like the Hazaraspids they had adopted the Turkish title of Atabeg. [1] Most of the Atabegs of Yazd were tributaries to the Saljuqs and the Mongol Il-Khans until they were finally overthrown by the Muzaffarids. [2]

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List of rulers

Sam ibn Wardanruz was the first ruler of the Atabegs of Yazd dynasty from 1141 to 1188.

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  1. Clifford Edmund Bosworth, The New Islamic Dynasties: A Chronological and Genealogical Manual, Columbia University, 1996. Excerpt 1 pp 209: "The Atabegs of Yazd" (1141-1297)" Excerpt 2: "From the names of the earlier members at least, it seems they were ethnically Persian, but, like the Hazaraspids, they adopted the Turkish title of Atabeg"
  2. S. C. Fairbanks, "ATĀBAKĀN-E YAZD" in Encyclopaedia Iranica. (accessed October 2010)


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