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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,... Read more
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. This vivid and surprising work explores the manner in which Persian culture has interacted with and transformed each world faith, from the migration of the Israelites to Iran thousands of years ago to the influence of Iranian notions on Mahayana Buddhism and Christianity. Foltz considers Iran's role in shaping the Muslim world, not only in the Middle East but also in South Asia in an evocative and informative journey through the spiritual heritage of an ancient and influential region.
Religions of Iran Hardback edition by Richard Foltz
RICHARD FOLTZ is Professor of Iranian Studies at Concordia University and is the founding director of Concordia's Centre for Iranian Studies Programme. His books, Spirituality in the Land of the Noble: How Iran Shaped the World's Religions and Religions of the Silk Road: Premodern Patterns of Globalization, propose historical models for considering the emergence, development, and transmission of the world's major religious traditions, emphasizing the contributions of Iranian civilization to world history.
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