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Iran

Antony Black

in A World History of Ancient Political Thought

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199281695
eISBN:
9780191713101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281695.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The Achaemenid dynasty based its legitimacy on its relationship to the Zoroastrian deity. It saw its functions as the promotion of ‘love of truth’ and agricultural prosperity. They allowed the ... More


After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam

Joe Cribb and Georgina Herrmann (eds)

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263846
eISBN:
9780191734113
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This is a study of the history, archaeology, and numismatics of Central Asia, an area of great significance for our understanding of the ancient and early medieval world. This vast, land-locked ... More


A Tower of Silence of the Sasanian Period at Bandiyan: Some observations about Dakhmas in Zoroastrian Religion

MEHDI RAHBAR

in After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263846
eISBN:
9780191734113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.003.0023
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter discusses some observations about dakhmas in Zoroastrianism during the Sasanian period in Bandiyan based on 1994 archaeological excavations. On the basis of the evidence gathered, it can ... More


 Zoroastrian Heresy: Zurvān's Thousand-Year Sacrifice

Kimberley Christine Patton

in Religion of the Gods: Ritual, Paradox, and Reflexivity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195091069
eISBN:
9780199871568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195091069.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines an ultimately heretical but historically influential Zoroastrian creation myth, the thousand-year sacrifice performed by the high god Zurvān. It argues that the high profile of ... More


Zoroastrians in Britain: The Ratanbai Katrak Lectures: University of Oxford 1985

John R. Hinnells

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198261933
eISBN:
9780191682247
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261933.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions, Religious Studies

Zoroastrianism is the religion of ancient Iran, dating back over a thousand years before the time of Christ. It is also the religion of Britain's oldest South Asian minority, with a history going ... More


Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests: The Culture of the Talmud in Ancient Iran

Jason Sion Mokhtarian

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780520286207
eISBN:
9780520961548
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520286207.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book is a synthetic study of the impact of the Persian Sasanian context on the Babylonian Talmud, perhaps the most important corpus in the Jewish sacred canon. What impact did the Persian ... More


Globalizing Trends

John R. Hinnells

in The Zoroastrian Diaspora: Religion and Migration

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198267591
eISBN:
9780191683329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267591.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, World Religions, Religious Studies

This chapter examines the issues relevant to globalization trends in Zoroastrianism. It explores the formation of the World Zoroastrian Organization; Internet communications which have removed ... More


Zoroastrians in the United States and Canada

John R. Hinnells

in The Zoroastrian Diaspora: Religion and Migration

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198267591
eISBN:
9780191683329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267591.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, World Religions, Religious Studies

This chapter examines the history of Zoroastrians in Canada and the US. The Zoroastrian populations in these two countries are more diverse than in other Parsis settlements and the influence of ... More


Greek Buddha: Pyrrho's Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia

Christopher I. Beckwith

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176321
eISBN:
9781400866328
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176321.001.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

Pyrrho of Elis went with Alexander the Great to Central Asia and India during the Greek invasion and conquest of the Persian Empire in 334–324 BC. There he met with early Buddhist masters. This book ... More


Introduction

John R. Hinnells

in Zoroastrians in Britain: The Ratanbai Katrak Lectures: University of Oxford 1985

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198261933
eISBN:
9780191682247
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261933.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions, Religious Studies

The Zoroastrian community is the oldest of the Asian communities in the United Kingdom. The first travelers came in the 18th century and the formal Association was established in 1861. This community ... More


The Religion of Xerxes

Richard Stoneman

in Xerxes: A Persian Life

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300180077
eISBN:
9780300216042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300180077.003.0004
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter focuses on Xerxes's religion, with particular emphasis on his mission to establish Zoroastrianism at the expense of all other religions. According to Shahnameh, Xerxes is a strongly ... More


The Christian Symbolics of Power in a Zoroastrian Empire

Richard E. Payne

in A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780520286191
eISBN:
9780520961531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520286191.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter first traces Husraw II's innovative use of Christian symbols to represent his rule. It then turns to the acts through which the king of kings and his court communicated the supremacy of ... More


Introduction

Richard E. Payne

in A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780520286191
eISBN:
9780520961531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520286191.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to recover the social and political circumstances of worldly Christians and the perspectives of the Zoroastrian elites whose ... More


Hegel's Interpretation of the Religions of the World: The Logic of the Gods

Jon Stewart

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198829492
eISBN:
9780191868030
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829492.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

In his Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion, Hegel treats the religions of the world under the rubric “the determinate religion.” This is a part of his corpus that has traditionally been neglected, ... More


Iran

Antony Black

in A World History of Ancient Political Thought: Its Significance and Consequences

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198790686
eISBN:
9780191833182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790686.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The Achaemenids were Iran’s earliest recorded dynasty. They ruled a vast territory from the Aegean to Afghanistan. They left no written texts. In the core Middle East they replaced the Babylonians ... More


Collaborators and Dissidents: Writing the Hagiographies of the Fifth-century Persecutions

Philip Wood

in The Chronicle of Seert: Christian Historical Imagination in Late Antique Iraq

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199670673
eISBN:
9780191760709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670673.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World, Church History

This chapter examines the political context for the first moment of centralization in the Church of the East and the emergence of a patriarchal history. Using the evidence of the synodica (church ... More


Looking East from the Classical World: Colonialism, Culture, and Trade from Alexander the Great to Shapur I *

Fergus Millar

in Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 3: The Greek World, the Jews, and the East

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807830307
eISBN:
9781469603216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807876657_millar.18
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

Alexander's conquests extended to regions characterised by different language groups, social structures, religious systems, and cultures. This chapter focuses on the six centuries following ... More


Fighting Words: Religion, Violence, and the Interpretation of Sacred Texts

John Renard (ed.)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780520258310
eISBN:
9780520954083
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520258310.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

One of the critical issues in interreligious relations today is the connection, both actual and perceived, between sacred texts and the justification of violent acts as divinely mandated. ... More


Arabia: Buddhism Encounters Islam

Donald S. Lopez Jr.

in Hyecho's Journey: The World of Buddhism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226517902
eISBN:
9780226518060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226518060.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter describes Hyecho’s visit to what he calls Arabia. It tells the story of the Buddha as it was best known in the Muslim work, in the story that would evolve into the medieval Christian ... More


Pyrrho’s Teacher: The Buddha and his Awakening

Christopher I. Beckwith

in Greek Buddha: Pyrrho's Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176321
eISBN:
9781400866328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176321.003.0006
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter first summarizes what the attested and explicit Early Buddhism looks like, based on the analysis and presentation of data in the rest of the book. It suggests that the Buddha started out ... More


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