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Title The Zoroastrian flame : exploring religion, history and tradition / edited by Alan Williams, Sarah Stewart & Almut Hintze.
Imprint London : I.B. Tauris, 2016.

Series Library of modern religion ; 51
Library of modern religion ; 51.
Subject Zoroastrianism.
Alt Name Williams, Alan, 1953-
Stewart, Sarah (Sarah Rosemary Anne),
Hintze, Almut,
Description 1 online resource (xv, 382 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Summary "Zoroastrianism has always commanded interest way beyond the circles of its actual adherents. Its unbroken history and distinctive beliefs span three millennia, making it one of the world's most venerable faiths - and also a tradition whose ideas have found favour elsewhere. The Three Magi of the New Testament most probably were Zoroastrian priests from the Iranian world; while the enigmatic figure of Zarathushtra (or Zoroaster) himself has exerted continual fascination in the West, influencing the thought of creative artists as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche, Yeats and Mozart (whose opera The Magic Flute re-imagines Zoroaster as Sarastro). For many centuries, from the birth of the religion late in the second millennium BC to its later adoption in the third century AD as the state religion of the Sasanian empire, Zoroastrianism - enjoying imperial patronage - profoundly shaped the culture not just of Persia but the whole antique world. For much of its history since the Islamic conquest it has endured as a minority religion, representing a direct link back to the powerful Achaemenids and the ruling Persian dynasties that followed them. The remarkable Zoroastrian story began another chapter in India when, after partial exodus from Iran, the émigré community since the early ninth century has enjoyed religious freedom and in the modern period great economic success. Like many religious communities, Zoroastrians now have a diaspora spread all over the globe."--Front jacket flap.
Contents Theme and approaches -- Antiquity and tradition -- Tradition and culture -- Modernity and minorities
ISBN 9780857728159 (electronic bk.)
0857728156 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 952571774
Additional Format Print version: Zoroastrian flame. London : I.B. Tauris, 2016 9781784536336 (OCoLC)945569675

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