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Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices

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Éditeur : Routledge & Kegan Paul Date & Lieu : 1979, London
Préface : Pages : 252
Traduction : ISBN : 0-7100-0121-5
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 152x254 mm
Thème : Religion

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Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices

Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices

Zoroastrianism is the most difficult of living faiths to study, because of its antiquity, the vicissitudes which it has undergone, and the loss, through them, of many of its holy texts. Originating over 3 500 years ago in a Bronze Age culture on the Asian steppes, it became the state religion of three mighty Iranian empires in succession, and so was endowed for many centuries with temporal power and wealth. Its lofty original doctrines came accordingly to exert their influence throughout the Middle East - an area where Judaism developed, and Christianity and Islam were born. To the east Iranian rule extended into Northern India, and there Zoroastrianism made a contribution to the development of Mahayana Buddhism. Some knowledge of the teachings of Zoroaster and of the history of his faith is therefore needed by every serious student of world religions; and the recent expansion of religious studies in universities has created a demand for an introductory book on this theme. The present work is an attempt to meet that demand. In it it has been sought to treat Zoroastrianism not merely as a mighty seminal influence, but also as a noble faith in its own right, which has held the loyalty of its followers over millennia and through harsh persecutions. Instead, therefore, of stopping, as is usual, with the worldly eclipse of Zoroastrianism by Islam, the book traces the continual history of the community through the subsequent years of oppression, down into the prosperity of modern times...


Their Religious Beliefs and Practices

Mary Boyce

London, Boston and Henley

First published in 1979
by Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd
39 Store Street, London WC1E 7DD,
Broadway House, Newtown Road,
Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1EN and
9 Park Street, Boston, Mass. 02108, USA
Set in 10 on 12pt Garamond
and printed in Great Britain by
Lowe & Brydone Printers Ltd
Thetford, Norfolk

© Mary Boyce 1979

No part of this book may be reproduced in
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passages in criticism

British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data
Boyce, Mary
Zoroastrians. - (Library of religious beliefs and
I. Zoroastrianism - History
I. Title II. Series
295'.09 BLI.1525 78-41104

ISBN 0-7100-0121-5

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