One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A former title for the ruler of Persia, associated especially with the Safavid dynasty.
- ‘In the middle ages, the King of Persia was known to the western world as "The Great Sophy", derived from the name of the ruling dynasty, the Safavids.’
From Arabic ṣafī-al-dīn ‘pure of religion’.
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