Qiṣṣah-i Sanjān

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BRILL, 2009 - Religion - 250 pages
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"The Qesse-ye Sanj n" is the sole surviving account of the emigration of Zoroastrians from Iran to India to form the Parsi ( Persian ) community. Written in Persian couplets in India in 1599 by a Zoroastrian priest, it is a work many know of, but few have actually read, let alone studied in depth. This book provides a romanised transcription from the oldest manuscripts, an elegant metrical translation, detailed commentary and, most importantly, a radical new theory of how such a text should be read, i.e. not as a historical chronical but as a charter of Zoroastrian identity, foundation myth and justification of the Parsi presence in India. The book fills a lacuna that has been acutely felt for a long time.
 

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Contents

Synopsis and Structure
23
Transcription and Translation
53
Commentary
143
A Mirror or a Clock? Considering History and
205
Conclusion
223
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Alan Williams PhD (1984), in Iranian Studies, University of London, is Reader in Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion at the University of Manchester. He has published extensively on Zoroastrianism and also translated Rumi s "Masnavi" into blank verse for Penguin (2006).