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Zoroastrianism : from antiquity to the modern period /

Additional authors: general editor. -- Chattopadhyaya, D.P.
Series: History of science, philosophy and culture in Indian civilization . vol. 7 Published by : Centre for Studies in Civilizations, (New Delhi : ) Physical details: xxxv, 379 p. : ill. ; 29 cm. ISBN:9788187586579 (hbk.). Year: 2012
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

1. Zarathushtra and inmates of paradise -- 2. Narrating zoroastarin history -- 3. Indo-Iranian linkages -- 4. Indo-Iranian connection -- 5. The Rgveda and the Avesta -- 6. Historical, ethical and philosophical thoughts of the Zoroastrains -- 7. The concept of the Amesha spentas in the Avesta -- 8. Significance and philosophy of the Vendidad -- 9. Drinks in domestic rituals : ancient Iranian and Vedic traditions -- 10. The soul of women in the Zoroastrain afterlife -- 11. The advent of the Zoroastrains in India -- 12. Historical importance of the Bahrot caves -- 13. Paris in Ahmedabad: a study of their integration in traditional society -- 14. Parsi contribution to India's political and economic development during the period of British rule -- 15. JRD Tata and the idea of trusteeship -- 16. Pouring old wine in new bottles: the case for palaeographic scripts with special reference to Avestan texts -- 17. The world is not flat: minority discourse against fundamentalism.

The volumes of the PROJECT ON THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE IN INDIAN CIVILIZATION aim at discovering the main aspects of India's heritage and present them in an interrelated way.These volumes, in spite of their unitary look, recognize the difference between the areas of material civilization and those of ideational culture. The Project is not being executed by a single group of thinkers who are methodologically uniform or ideologically identical in their commitments. In fact, contributions are made by different scholars with different ideological persuasion sand methodological approaches. The Project is marked by what may be called "methodological pluralism". In spite of its primarily historical character, this Project,both in its conceptualization and execution, has beenshaped by scholars drawn from different disciplines. Itis for the first time that an endeavour of such a unique and comprehensive character has been undertaken to study critically a major world civilization like India.Zoroastrianism: from Antiquity to the Modern Period is an interdisciplinary work in the study of Zoroastrianism from its birth around three and half millennia back in ancient Iran to contemporary times. It emphasizes the important role that it played in not only the formation of Iranian culture, but also emphasizes its role in the construction of the humanist idea of the dialogue of civilizations in the ancient world. Challenging the now fashionable theme of the "East"/"West" divide, as also the infamous theory of the "clash of civilizations", this volume initiates the theme of unified world culture where Iran was the bridge between India in the East and Greece and Rome in the West. Thus the close relation of Zoroastrianism with early Hinduism is brought out,as also the relation between Zoroastrianism with Greek philosophy, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This volume covers topics like the close relation between Iran and India, comparison between the Rgueda andthe Avesta, ethics in Zoroastrianism, the place of gender in Zoroastrian eschatology and the role played by the Parsis in the formation of secular, democratic, modern India.

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