Zoroastrianism: An Introduction to an Ancient Faith

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This introduction to Zoroastrianism assumes no prior knowledge of the faith. It is presented as a living faith with a coherent theology and a persuasive ethic of good thoughts, good words, and good deeds.

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“Recommended for general readers, all academic levels, and professionals and practitioners.”  —Choice

“The author brings new ideas and insight to issues which have long been the focus of academic debate.”  —Expository Times

“Everyone who needs to know about Zoroastrianism must read this well written book.”  —Dr. Pallan R. Ichaporia, coauthor/cotranslator, Gathas

Zoroastrianism addresses, in a unique and compelling way, ethical issues that are still alive in the modern world. Not only does it raise fundamental questions about what it is to be a human being, and the nature of good and evil, it also considers the relationship of humans to the natural world in a vibrantly positive light.”  —Dr. W. J. Johnson, University of Wales, Cardiff

Clark (religion, Cardiff U., Wales) insists on treating Zoroastrianism as a legitimate, living contemporary religion, rather than approaching it from the common, Western-biased viewpoint of being interested in it chiefly for its historical influences on the development of Judaism and Christianity. Clark discusses the historicity of the prophet Zarathushtra; identifies the deities and tenets of the faith; describes worship, rituals, and other observances; investigates its ethical constructs; and offers a view of Zoroastrianism today. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781898723783
  • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Series: Religious Beliefs & Practices
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 1,024,726
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Clark has translated several books from Arabic and is a freelance translator and consultant on Middle East cultural affairs.

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Table of Contents

I An Ancient Faith: Zarathushtra - Prophet and Priest 1
II Ahura Mazda, Spenta Mainyu and the Divine Heptad 27
III Zoroastrian Eschatology 59
IV The Two Existences and the Problem of Evil 77
V Zoroastrianism and Fire 89
VI A Living Faith - Zoroastrian Worship, Rituals and Other Observances 99
VII A Living Faith - Zoroastrian Ethics 125
VIII Identity, Unity and Disparity: Zoroastrianism Today 137
App. 1 Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Christianity 152
App. 2 The Roman Mithraic Mysteries 157
Pt. 1 The historical relationship between Zoroastrian Judeo-Christian Religion 162
Pt. 2 The possible thematic relationships between Vedic, Zoroastrian and Judeo-Christian Religion 163
Pt. 3 Ahura Mazda, Spenta Mainyu and the Amesha Spentas 164
Notes 165
Glossary 182
Bibliography 188
Index 193
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