Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds
- Module Code:
- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 2 or Year 3
- Taught in:
- Full Year
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
- The study of the religion for its own sake.
- Analysis of development of religion over millenia (1200 BCE - 200 CE)
- Consideration of adaptation in different cultural environments (Iran, India,Global Diaspora)
Scope and syllabus
The course will fall into four unequal parts:
- overview of Zoroastrian history
- a study of early and 'classical' teachings of Zoroastrianism (good/evil, human nature and destiny)
- the modern history and theology (focusing mostly on the Parsis)
- the contemporary Diaspora in the West (Britain, Canada, USA, Australia, E. Africa and Hong Kong)
Method of assessment
2 essays (3 000 words each) (20% each), 3-hour exam (60%).
- Hinnells, John R (1981) Zoroastrianism and the Parsis, London: Ward Lock Educational;
- M. Boyce, Textual Sources for the Study of Zoroastrianism. Manchester: University Press, 1984;
- N.K. Firby, European Travellers and their Perceptions of Zoroastrians in the 17th and 18th centuries. Berlin 1988;
- W.W. Malandra, An Introduction to Ancient Iranian Religion. Readings from the Avesta and the Achaemenid inscriptions. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1983;
- R.C. Zaehner, The Teachings of the Magi. London: Sheldon Press, 1975 (a particularly readable introduction to Pahlavi literature).