Khadem Beg Talish

Khadem Beg Talish (Persian: خادم بیگ تالش‎) (died 1514) was a Sufi and military commander of Talysh origin, who served the Safavid order, and later the dynasty established by the order, the Safavid dynasty. Khadem Beg was a retainer of Soltan Ali Safavi and his brother Ismail Mirza, when they were child,[1] and an important advisor to the Shah Ismail (r. 1501–1524).[2]

Khadem Beg Talish
Governor of Baghdad
In office
MonarchIsmail I
Personal details
Died23 August 1514
Chaldoran, Safavid Empire
Cause of deathKilled in action
Resting placeArdebil, Iran

He died in Battle of Chaldiran.[1]


Khadem Beg served in many of the campaigns of Shah Ismail, especially in one against Arabian Iraq.[1] In 1508, the Shah conquered Baghdad and made him as first governor of Baghdad and the whole province, an office which included the task of supervising the Holy shrine of Karbala.[3][4] Before holding governorship of Baghdad, he was Amir-e Divan (later called Divan-beigi) of the Safavid Empire.[5]

He also held the position of Khalifat al-Khulafa [fa] of Safavid order from 1498.[6]


Yadegar Ali Sultan Talish, Khadem Beg's grandson, became Khalifat al-Khulafa for a brief in 1626–1627 and succeeded by his son, Badr Khan Sultan Talish.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c Reid 1983, p. 155.
  2. ^ Reid 1983, p. 87.
  3. ^ Reid 1983, pp. 86–87.
  4. ^ Nasiri 2008, p. 157.
  5. ^ Floor 2000, p. 20.
  6. ^ Floor 2003, p. 55.
  7. ^ Floor 2003, p. 56.


  • Floor, Willem (2000). "The Secular Judicial System in Safavid Persia". Studia Iranica. 29 (1): 9–60. doi:10.2143/SI.29.1.565532.
  • Floor, Willem (2003). "The Khalifeh al-kholafa of the Safavid Sufi Order". Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft. 153 (1): 51–86. JSTOR 43381252.
  • Nasiri, Mirza Naqi (2008). Floor, Willem (ed.). Titles & Emoluments in Safavid Iran: A Third Manual of Safavid Administration. Translated by Willem Floor. Washington, D.C.: Mage Publishers. ISBN 1-933823-23-2.
  • Reid, James J. (1983). Tribalism and Society in Islamic Iran, 1500–1629. Malibu, California: Undena Publications. ISBN 0-890031-25-8.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Khalifat al-Khulafa [fa] of Safavid order
Succeeded by
Legal offices
New title Amir-e Divan
Succeeded by
Beiram Beg Qaramanlu
Political offices
Preceded by
Barik Beg Purnak
as Aq Qoyunlu governor
Governor of Baghdad
Title next held by
Seyyed Suleiman