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Evil, Good, and Gender: Facets of the Feminine in Zoroastrian Religious History
     

Evil, Good, and Gender: Facets of the Feminine in Zoroastrian Religious History

by Jamsheed K. Choksy
 
Societies often link the phenomena of evil and good to the feminine and masculine genders and, by extension, to women and men. Evil, Good, and Gender explores doctrinal and societal developments within a context of malevolence that came to be attributed to the feminine and the female in contrast to benevolence ascribed to the masculine and the male by

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Societies often link the phenomena of evil and good to the feminine and masculine genders and, by extension, to women and men. Evil, Good, and Gender explores doctrinal and societal developments within a context of malevolence that came to be attributed to the feminine and the female in contrast to benevolence ascribed to the masculine and the male by Zoroastrians or Mazda worshipers. This study authoritatively elucidates implications of the feminine and the masculine in religion and suggests that images in theology have been fundamental for defining both women’s and men’s social roles and statuses.

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«Jamsheed K. Choksy has long been known as the preeminent scholar of his generation in the demanding field of Zoroastrian studies. This rich book illustrates the remarkable range of his scholarship on a fascinating topic of enduring interest.» (Tanya Luhrmann, University of Chicago)
«In this eloquent, enlightening, and pioneering volume, Jamsheed K. Choksy essentially traces the problems men faced of how to deal with women in a creedal religion. Choksy’s thoughtful conclusions may be unexpected for some readers. It is very delightful reading.» (Gernot L. Windfuhr, University of Michigan)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820456645
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/29/2002
Series:
Toronto Studies in Religion Series , #28
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
166
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

The Author: Jamsheed K. Choksy received his A.B. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at Columbia University and his Ph.D. in History and Religions of the Near East and Inner Asia at Harvard University. He then taught at Stanford University and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Currently he is Professor of Central Eurasian Studies and History, as well as Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University.

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