Shaykh Safi al-Din Ardabili
Founder of Safavid Sufi order, the origin of the later Safavid dynasty (1501–1722) in Iran. Given to visions of angels and visits by saints. Disseminated religious ideas from his base in Tabriz to Anatolia, Syria, and India. A Sunni follower of the Shafii rite at a time of religious syncretism and ferment.