Spirituality in the Land of the Noble How Iran Shaped the World's Religions

ISBN-10: 1851683364

ISBN-13: 9781851683369

Edition: 2004

Authors: Richard C. Foltz

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Although today associated exclusively with Islam, Iran has in fact played an unparalleled role within all the world religions, injecting Iranian ideas into the Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, and Manichaean traditions of the merchants who passed along the Silk Road.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 2/27/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Historical Timeline
The Origins of Iranian Religion
Iran and Iranianness
Indo-Europeans and the search for origins
Features of old Iranian religion
In search of Zoroaster
Zoroaster's reform
Zoroastrian practice
Religion under the Achaemenids
Mithraism in the Roman world
The Sasanian state religion
The Islamization of Iran and Zoroastrian response
Zoroastrianism in India
Zoroastrians in modern Iran
Zoroastrianism's contributions to other religions
The beginnings of diaspora
The influence of Iranian ideas
The influence of Hellenism
The rabbinic period
The coming of Islam
Radical Jewish resistance movements
Iranian Jews in the Mongol period
The Safavid period
Buddhism in eastern Iran
Iranian influences in Buddhism
The disappearance of Iranian Buddhism
The establishment of an Iranian church
Iranian Christian polemics against other religions
Iranian Christians under Muslim rule
Armenian Christians in Iran
European Christian missions
Gnostic Traditions
Later esoteric movements
From "the religion of the Arabs" to universal faith system
The Iranian role in shaping Islamic civilization
Isma'ili Shi'ism in Iran
Sufism in Iran
Twelver Shi'ism in Iran
Popular Shi'ite religiosity
The Persian garden as metaphor for paradise
The Babi Movement and the Baha'i Faith
The Babi movement
Babi beliefs
The emergence of the Baha'i faith
Baha'u'llah's teachings
The Baha'i community in Iran and beyond
Religions in Iran Today
Religious thought in an Islamic state
Religious minorities under the Islamic Republic
Bibliographic Essay
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