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SHADOW OF GOD. The ancient Iranians developed an elaborate concept of sacral kingship. Both Achaemenid (559-33 BCE) and Sassanian (224-651 CE) kings were believed to possess farr-1 izadi (divine grace) and ruled by divine dispensation. A mediator with the divine, the king could bring good fortune to his people. Hence, the perceived omnipotence of the king was derived from his divinity. This concept of divine kingship found its corollary in Islamic statecraft as well. Muslim caliphs and kings ...more

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