Spirituality in the land of the noble: how Iran shaped the World's religions
Although today associated exclusively with Islam, Iran has in fact played annparalleled role within all the world religions, injecting Iranian ideasnto the Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, and Manichaean traditions of theerchants who passed along the Silk Roads. This concise and readablentroduction explores the manner in which Persian culture has interacted withnd transformed each world faith, from the migration of the Israelites toran thousands of years ago, to the influence of Iranian notions on Mahayanauddhism and Christian thought. The author also considers Iran?s role inhaping the Muslim world, not only in the Middle East but also in South Asia,n an evocative and informative journey through the spiritual heritage of anncient and influential region.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Rather brief but very solid introduction to how Iran/Persia either created or modified the various religions of the world. The section on Babaism/Bahai was well done, the bit about Buddhism in Iran came as a surprise. Would have like a bit more on Zoroastrianism and Manicheanism, but that is more my personal preference than any complaint I can make at the author. About the only complaint I can make is that the author seemed a tad too close to his subject. As in, he was bound and determined to make connections to Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, etc. He might actually be right, but my feeling is that he was forcing things a bit.
Spirituality in the Land of the Noble: How Iran Shaped the World's ReligionsUser Review - Book Verdict
Readers' initial response to this book's subtitle might be, What else besides Islam? This reviewer expected a narrowly focused read, but how mistaken he was. Foltz (religion, Univ. of Florida; Religions of the Silk Road) reveals the obvious: that Iran, at the crossroads of East and West, has greatly influenced most of the world religions. He begins by examining how many of the key beliefs in world faiths were found in ancient Iran and then makes compelling arguments that Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and other faiths, were deeply influenced and irrevocably changed as they were carried by merchants through this Iranian filter. The mechanism of dispersal was the famous Silk Road, which for centuries wove its way through the ancient Persian Empire. Foltz notes similar traits in different faiths, then plots out a geographical and temporal vector of travel-one that theoretically leads back to the point of the trait's origin. Even if one dismisses this methodology, there is enough in this rich book to delight the casual reader of comparative religions and to convince the serious religion scholar that the author's thesis demands further investigation. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Glenn Masuchika, Rockwell Collins Info. Ctr., Cedar Rapids, IA ...
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