The Spirit of Zoroastrianism
The Spirit of Zoroastrianism  -     Edited By: Prods Oktor Skjaervo
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Zoroastrianism was the official religion of Iran until it was conquered by Islam. Centered on the worship of Ahura Mazda, the All-Knowing Ruler, it follows practices and rituals as set forth by the prophet Zarathustra. This is the first fully representative selection of primary sources in over a century. 256 pages, softcover. Yale University.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.30 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0300170351
ISBN-13: 9780300170351

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Zoroastrianism is one of the world's oldest religions, though it is not among the best understood. Originating with Iranian tribes living in Central Asia in the second millennium BCE, Zoroastrianism was the official religion of the Iranian empires until Islam superseded it in the seventh century AD. Centered on the worship of Ahura Mazda, the All-knowing Ruler, Zoroastrianism follows the practices and rituals set out by the prophet Zarathustra, according to the indigenous tradition.

As one of the world's great religions, Zoroastrianism has a heritage rich in texts and cultic practices. The texts are often markedly difficult to translate, but in this volume, Prods Oktor Skjærvø, professor of ancient Iranian languages and culture at Harvard, provides modern and accurate translations of Zoroastrian texts that have been selected to provide an overview of Zoroastrian beliefs and practices. In a comprehensive introduction to these sacred texts, Skjærvø outlines the history and essence of Zoroastrianism and discusses the major themes of this the first fully representative selection of Zoroastrian texts to be made available in English for over a century.

Author Bio

Prods Oktor Skjærvø has been Aga Khan Professor of Iranian, Harvard University, since 1991. He has taught Old Iranian languages, literature and religion since the early 1970s and is currently preparing a book on Iranian creation myths. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Editorial Reviews

"The work here by Skjærvø is a magnificent display of learning and understanding of the Middle Persian texts. . . . The author has either significantly improved the reading of the texts or has given complete translations of texts that were in need of a new edition."—Touraj Daryaee, Journal of the American Oriental Society

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