Religions of Iran

From Prehistory to the Present

£20.00

This book brings to light the often neglected influence of Iranian ideas throughout the history of the world’s religions, from prehistory up to the present day. Originating as one of the Indo-European tribes of the Eurasian steppes in ancient times, Iranians share much of their mythology with the Greeks, Romans, Norse, and Hindus. From this shared past emerged the uniquely Iranian religion of Zoroastrianism, many of whose central beliefs were later adopted by Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. Living at the crossroads of East and West, Iranians were major players in the transmission of these faiths to central Asia, China, and the Indian Ocean basin.

‘Richard Foltz is among our foremost interpreters of Iranian spiritual traditions, and is among the rare scholars capable of explaining, vividly and clearly, the whole panoply of the country's rich religious history-- a history that has at every point along the way had an important impact on the West.’
Juan R. Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan

‘This book provides a comprehensive, scholarly and highly readable account of the development of Iranian religions through the ages. Foltz magnificently demonstrates the influence and interaction between Iranian and other world religions. Every student of the history of religions should read this book in order to fully understand the contributions of the Iranian tradition, from Zoroastrianism to the Kurdish religion of the Ahl-e Haqq.’
Touraj Daryaee, Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World, University of California, Irvine

‘This book is a fascinating, wide-ranging tour de force which lays bare the deep cultural continuity of Iranian spirituality from prehistoric times to the present.’
Almut Hintze, Zatoshty Professor of Zoroastrianism, School of Oriental and African Studies, London

Bibliographic details:

ISBN:
9781780743080
Binding: 
Paperback
Extent: 
400 pages
Dimensions: 
156mm
×
235mm
Subjects: 
Religion

Author Details:

Richard Foltz

Richard Foltz is Professor and Founding Director of the Centre for Iranian Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. A specialist in Iranian Studies, his research also focuses on the relationship between religion and nature, and on Muslim civilizations in general. He has lectured extensively in both America and the Middle East, and is the recipient of several scholarships and awards.

His published books include Religions of the Silk Road (Macmillan, 2000) and Mughal India and Central Asia (Oxford University Press, 1998); he is also the author of numerous book chapters and journal articles, and has contributed to the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (Continuum, 2004).