Religions of Iran: From Prehistory to the Present

Religions of Iran: From Prehistory to the Present

by Richard Foltz

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ISBN-13: 9781780743080
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

A Note on Transliteration xvii

Historical Timeline xix

List of Illustrations xxi

Part 1 Ancient Iranian Religions 1

1 The Origins of Iranian Religion 3

2 Mithra and Mithraism 19

3 In Search of Zoroaster 32

4 Mazda and His Rivals 44

5 Iranian Goddesses (Manya Saadi-nejad) 56

Part 2 Foreign Religions in Iran 75

6 Judaism 77

7 Buddhism 94

8 Christianity 106

9 Mandaeism 125

Part 3 Challenges to Sasanian Zoroastrianism 135

10 Manichaeism 137

11 Undercurrents of Resistance: Mazdak and His Successors 153

12 Islam 164

Part 4 Islamic Iran 179

13 Persian Sufism 181

14 Shi'ism 192

15 Zoroastrianism After Islam 207

16 Two Kurdish Sects: The Yezidis and the Yaresan 218

Part 5 The Impact of Modernity 229

17 The Bábí Movement and the Bahá'í Faith 231

18 The Islamic Republic 247

19 Iranian Zoroastrians Today 256

Conclusion: The Ever-Expanding Pool of Iranian Religion 269

Endnotes 271

Bibliography 297

Index 309

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