Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices

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Routledge, 2001 - Religion - 252 pages
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This book traces the continuous history of the faith from the time it was preached by Zoroaster down to the present day - a span of about 3,500 years. First taught among nomads on the Asian steppes, Zoroastrianism became the state religion of the three great Iranian empires and had a remarkable influence on other world faiths: to the east on northern Buddhism, to the west on Judaism, Christianity and Islam. With the conquest of Iran by the Muslim Arabs, Zoroastrianism lost its secular power, but continued to survive as a minority faith. Despite its antiquity, it remains a living religion.

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User Review  - Barnaby Thieme - Goodreads

The student of religions has few options when it comes to Zoroastrianism. Its scriptures have not been translated into English in over a century and there are vanishingly few scholars capable of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

This book does a great job of covering the history, theology, and changes of the Zoroastrian religion. It was packed with information, but still written well enough to be able to follow and not be ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

Mary Boyce is Professor Emerita of Iranian Studies at the University of London and is the author of a number of works on Zoroastrianism and Manicheanism.

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