Religions of Iran: From Prehistory to the Present

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Oneworld Publications, Oct 22, 2013 - Religion - 368 pages
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Although today associated exclusively with Islam, Iran has in fact played an unparalleled role within all the world religions, injecting Iranian ideas into the Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, and Manichaean traditions of the merchants who passed along the Silk Road. This vivid and surprising work explores the manner in which Persian culture has interacted with and transformed each world faith, from the migration of the Israelites to Iran thousands of years ago to the influence of Iranian notions on Mahayana Buddhism and Christianity. Foltz considers Iran’s role in shaping the Muslim world, not only in the Middle East but also in South Asia in an evocative and informative journey through the spiritual heritage of an ancient and influential region.
 

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This is a useful book looking at the expression of religion in Iran. Many faiths have existed here and some started here, such as Zoroastrianism, Mithraism, and Mazdaism. These and later expressios of ... Read full review

Contents

ancient iranian religions
1
The Origins of Iranian Religion
3
Mithra and Mithraism
19
In Search of Zoroaster
32
Mazda and His Rivals
44
Iranian Goddesses Manya Saadinejad
56
foreign religions in iran
75
Judaism
77
challenges to sasanian zoroastrianism
135
Manichaeism
137
Mazdak and His Successors
153
Islam
164
islamic iran
179
Persian Sufism
181
Shiism
192
Zoroastrianism After Islam
207

Buddhism
94
Christianity
106
Mandaeism
125
The Yezidis and the Yaresan
218
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Richard Foltz is a professor of Iranian studies at Concordia University and the founding director of Concordia's Centre for Iranian Studies. He lives in Montreal.

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