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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


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


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


Iranian Expanse: Transforming Royal Identity through Architecture, Landscape, and the Built Environment, 550 BCE-642 CE

Matthew P. Canepa

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780520290037
eISBN:
9780520964365
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520290037.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

The product of a decade of research, The Iranian Expanse is a study of the natural and built environments of power in Persia and the ancient Iranian world from the consolidation of the Achaemenid ... 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


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


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


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


The Talmud's Red Fence: Menstrual Impurity And Difference In Babylonian Judaism And Its Sasanian Context

Shai Secunda

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198856825
eISBN:
9780191889974
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198856825.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Rituals governing menstruation were an important aspect of Babylonian Jewish life, and they took shape within the context of Sasanian Mesopotamia, where neighboring religious communities were ... 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


On the Nature of Lakes

Domenico Agostini and Samuel Thrope

in The Bundahišn: The Zoroastrian Book of Creation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190879044
eISBN:
9780190879075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190879044.003.0020
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Chapters 12 lists the principal lakes of the known world; this list overlaps in part with the list of seas in chapter 10. Some of lakes mentioned can be tentatively identified with modern bodies of ... More


On the Nature of Sleep

Domenico Agostini and Samuel Thrope

in The Bundahišn: The Zoroastrian Book of Creation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190879044
eISBN:
9780190879075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190879044.003.0033
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Chapters 19 and 19A contain a short description of the nature and function of sleep (xwāb). The chapters describe the creation of sleep and its appearance. They also proscribe the proper length of ... More


The Bundahišn: The Zoroastrian Book of Creation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190879044
eISBN:
9780190879075
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190879044.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The Bundahišn, meaning primal or foundational creation, is the central Zoroastrian account of creation, cosmology, and eschatology and one of the most important of the surviving testaments to ... More


On the Fashioning of the Lights

Domenico Agostini and Samuel Thrope

in The Bundahišn: The Zoroastrian Book of Creation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190879044
eISBN:
9780190879075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190879044.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Chapter 2 focuses on astronomy and exemplifies the relation between Iranian and Mesopotamian, Indian, and Hellenistic ideas of the cosmos. The chapter describes Ohrmazd’s creation of the celestial ... More


On the Likenesses of the Creatures

Domenico Agostini and Samuel Thrope

in The Bundahišn: The Zoroastrian Book of Creation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190879044
eISBN:
9780190879075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190879044.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Chapter 7 describes how, following Ahriman’s attack on creation, Ohrmazd consigned the forms of the primordial cow and the first man, Gayōmard, to the stars, moon, and sun. The positive role assigned ... More


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