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Acknowledgements Zoroastrianism: An Introduction List of Abbreviations Maps I: Zoroastrians Present and Past II: The Ancient Persians: Truth-Tellers and Paradise-Builders III: A Zoroastrian Presence from Seleucia to Sistan: The Parthian Period IV: Eranshahr: The Sasanian Center of the World V: The Zoroastrians of Central Asia VI: Gabr-Mahalle: Zoroastrians in Islamic Iran VII: Parsipanu: Zoroastrians in India VIII: Zoroastrians Present: Revisited IX: Zarathushtra Present and Past Appendix 1: Textual Timeline Appendix 2: The Five Gathas Appendix 3: Outline of the Yasna Appendix 4: A Selective Historical Timeline Glossary of Names and Terms Notes Select Resources Index

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Jenny Rose shows why Zoroastrianism remains one of the world's most inspiring and perennially fascinating systems of ethics and belief.

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Jenny Rose is Associate Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University and Visiting Associate Professor of Religion at Stanford University. She is the author of 'The Image of Zoroaster: The Persian Mage Through European Eyes' (2000).


'Jenny Rose's lively and engaging account comprises a very readable, well informed survey of Zoroastrianism and its history. The book is a pleasure to read throughout, and the author's writing style is markedly beautiful, placing her very much within Mary Boyce's literary tradition. Rose has read widely round the subject, engaging with important primary and secondary sources and rendering her thorough treatment of Zoroastrianism fully up-to-date. I particularly welcomed her valuable discussion of Zoroastrianism in Central Asia. All in all, the book is a fine example of considered synthesis and compression. This is a book one wants to read from beginning to end without putting it down. It will find a warm welcome from students of the subject and their teachers.' - Almut Hintze, Zartoshty Professor of Zoroastrianism, SOAS, University of London; 'It is a tall order to explain and summarize well such a polyglot scriptural and religious tradition as Zoroastrianism, with its 3000 years of history extending across so much of Asia and on into the global diaspora. But Jenny Rose's excellent and highly informative book is a most impressive response to the challenge. Rose adopts a refreshingly new approach that is both matter of fact in style and thoughtfully conceived, as well as being derived from the best new scholarly work of recent decades.' - Alan Williams, Professor of Iranian Studies & Comparative Religion, University of Manchester; 'I.B.Tauris' recent An Introduction series to the major world religions and belief systems are among the most useful and well written for students up to undergraduate level.' - The Bookseller, 18 March 2011

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