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Articles on:

Religions & Beliefs in Ancient Iran

 

 

Iranian Religions

1. Manichaeism

2. Mithraism

3. Zoroastrian (Daena Vanuhi - The Good Religion)

3a. Series of Lectures by Dr Oric Basirov about the Zoroastrian Religion

4. Mazdakism

5. Other Iranian Religions & Beliefs

 

Aniranian (non-Iranian) Religions/Beliefs in Ancient Iran

1. Buddhism

2. Christianity

3. Judaism

 

Miscellaneous & General Articles

IRANIAN RELIGIONS

1. Manichaeism

An Introduction to Manichaeism, Prof. M. Boyce

Augustine and Manichaeism, by G. Clark

Comparison Between Manichean & Christian Views of Evil, by

Elements in Manichaeism, by M. Shaki

Mani by T. Apiryon

Mani & His Message, by: J.P. Arendzen

Manichean Eschatology, by W. Sundermann

Manichaean Festivals, by W. Sundermann

Manichaeism in China, by Prof. S. L.C. Lieu

Manichean Pantheon, by W. Sundermann

Spirit Matter, Mani and Manichaeism by M. Golestan

 

2. Mithraism

Herodutus and Mithras: Histories I. 131, by M. J. Edwards

Mithra, by Prof. M. Moqadam (Moghdam)

Mithraism & Christianity (a Comparison)

Mithra, Iconography in Iran and Central Asia, by F. Grenet

Mithra in Old Indian and Mithra in Old Iranian, by H. P. Schmidt

Mithra and Mithraism, by: M.J. Vermaseren

- Mithras in India and Iran

- The arrival of Mithras in Europe

- The Followers of Mithras

- The Figures round the Bull-Slayer

- The Legend of Mithras

- The God of Infinite Time

- Initiation into the Mysteries

- The Seven Grades of Initiation

- Women and the Mithraic Cult

- Offerings and Artists: Mithras in Art

- The Fall of Mithras

Mithras and Mithraism, by P. Nabaraz

Mithra Khšathrapati and His Brother Ahura, by Prof. M. Boyce

Mithraism, by Roger Beck

Niasar Cave, a Man-Made Mitra Temple, by Sh. Razmjou & B. A. Tafreshi

On Swearing to Mithra in the Armenian and Iranian World in Late Antiquity, by Dr. T. Daryaee

Verjuy Mithra Temple, the Oldest Surviving Mithraist Temple in Iran, by A. Tavakoli

 

 

3. Zoroastrian (Daena Vanuhi - The Good Religion)

About Zarathushtrian Religion

Achaemenids and Zoroastrian Fire Altars (The), talk by Prof. N. Frye

Achaemenians, Zoroastrians in Transition, by Dr. A. A. Jafari

Afarin-i Zartosht, translated by J. Darmesteter

AIDS and the Zoroastrian Ethos of Caring, by Dr. H. Dhalla

An Introduction to Zarathushtrian Religion, by Sh. Suren-Pahlav

Amesha Spentas

Angel in Zoroastrian Religion

Avesta, an Introduction, by Dr. Mobed A. A. J'afari

Avestan Geography: some topographical aspects; by F. J. Vajifdar

Bundahishn, by CAIS

Changes in Zarathushtra's Teachings During the Parthian & Sasanian Periods, by R. Ghadially

Comparisons Between Zoroastrianism and Christianity, by K. Jones

Counsels of Adurbâdh son of Mehrespand (The), translated by: R. C. Zaehner

Conversion and Choice of Religion, by Dr A. A. Jafari

Conversion in Zoroastrianism; The Truth Behind the Trumpery; by K. D. Irani & F. J. Vajifdar

Conversion in Zoroastrianism; Freedom of Choice, by Dr A. A. Jafari

Conversion in Zoroastrianism; Religion by Birth and Karma, by Dr A. A. Jafari

Conversion to Zoroastrianism, by H. M. G. Shapero

Cypress of Kashmar and Zoroaster (The), by A. Jackson

Departed Soul. M. Boyce

Development of the Fire Temple, by: K. Schippmann

Decent of the Fravashis (The), by F. J. Vajifdar

Dog in Zoroastrianism, by Prof. Mary Boyce

Elements in Zarathushtrian Religion, by M. Shaki

Eschatology in Zoroastrian Religion, by Sh. Shaked

Estakhr as a Zoroastrian Religious Center, by Prof. M. Boyce

Evil in Ancient Iranian Religions, by G. Gnoli

Family Law in ancient Iran (Zoroastrianism), by M. Shaki

Fire Alters, by M. Garrison

Fire "Athra" and Fiery Test, by Dr. D. Jahanian

First Monotheist Prophet; by: N. Rahimzadeh

Fravashi and Fravahar, by Prof. M. Boyce

Gathas; The Divine Songs of Zarathushtra, by R. Tagore

Gathas; The Hymns of Zarathushtra, by K. D. Irani

Gâh (Place), by Prof. M. Boyce

Gâh (Time), by Prof. M. Boyce

Gêtîg & Mênôg (the Material & Spiritual Worlds), by: Sh. Shaked

Good Religion and the Institutionalized Zoroastrianism (The), by Dr A. A. Jafari

Haoma Plant, by: Di. Taillieu

Haoma Rituals, by Prof. M. Boyce

Hell and its Concept in the Iranian Culture, by Ph. Gignoux

Halo: A Further Enquiry into Its Origin (the), by E. H. Ramsden

Herbedestan (school for priests, religious school), by F. M. Kotwal

Holy Songs Of Zarathushtra (Translation of Gathas), by Mobed F. Azargoshasb

Influence of Zoroastrianism on Judaism and Christianity, by M. Willey

Influence of Zarathushtrian faith on the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, by K. P. Mehta

Initiation into the Good Religion (Sadreh-Pûshi -- Navjote), by Dr. A. A. Jafari

Introduction to Khshathra Vairya and Jashn-e Sharivargan, by Dr Sh. J. Mahabadi

Iranians and Turanians in Avesta, Dr. A. A. Jafari

Iranshah (Atash Bahram), by Prof. M. Boyce & F. Kotwal

Islamic Era History of Zoroastrians of Iran Through Political Analysis and Historical Letters, by Dr D. Jahanian

Kartir's Inscription (Naqsh-e Rustam)

Kartir's Inscription (Naqsh-e Rajab)

Kushti Ritual (The), by Dastur Jamaspji Minochiharji Jamasp-Asa-na

The Life and Times of Manekji Limji Hataria; the Fight for Zoroastrian Civil Rights in Iran, by Dr R. Writer

Love and Peace in Zarathushtra’s Voice, by H. Pålsson

Medical Sciences in the Avesta, by A. Noori

Medicine in Avesta and Ancient Iran, by Dr D. Jahanian

Metaphor in the Holy Gathas (Part I): The Natural Metaphors by Dina G. McIntyre

Metaphor in the Holy Gathas (Part II): The "Houses" of Paradise and Hell by D. G. McIntyre

Metaphor in the Holy Gathas (Part II): The Amesha Spenta as Allegories by D. G. McIntyre

Moral Philosophy of Zarathushtra, by K. Sakhai

Notion of Dualism (The), by: J. K. Choksy

Origin of Israel’s Faith & its Debt to Prophet Zarathushtra, by P.E. MacAllister

Philosophical Concept ofConsciousness” In Zarathushtras Teachings (The), by S. Kerr

Religion and Tradition, by Dr A. A. Jafarey

Sassanian Iconography of the Den, by G. Gnoli

Selections of Zadspram, A CE 9th century text by Ervard Zadspram

Secretes of Zoroastrianism, by M. Willey

Setting The World Alight: Reflections on the Frashkart, by R. J. Antolak

Silent Points (The); the pillars of Zoroastrian Religion, by Dr. A. A. Jafari

"SPENTA MAINYU" & Good and Evil in the Holy Gathas, by Dr. A. A. Jafari

Various Zoroastrian Fire-Temples in Mainland-Iran & the Greater-Iran

What Zarathushtra Has Given To All Mankind, by R. Scott Nelson

Women in the Gathas and the later Avesta, by Dr A. A. Jafarey

Zarathushtra – Source of the Judeo-Christian Heritage, by Dr. K. Antia

Zarathushtra's God; by F. J. Vajifdar

Zarathushtra and the Horse, by Prof. R. N. Frye

Zoroastrian Ethics and Morals, by N. Dadrawala

Zarathushtrian Festivals, by Prof. M. Boyce

Zarathushtrian Foundations of Human Civilization (The), by T. R. Smith

Zarathushtrian Theodicy, by A. Bailey

Zoroaster at Nag-Hammadi, by E. Albrile

Zoroaster, the Name, by Prof. R. Schmitt

Zoroastrian Calendar

Zoroastrian Doctrine of the Freedom of the Will, by A. V. W. Jackson

Zoroastrian Religion and Democracy, by Dr A. A. Jafari

Zoroastrian Religion After the Fall of Sasanian Dynasty

Zoroastrian Religion: FAQ, by Dr G. Savoia-Vizzini

Zoroastrianism Under the Achaemenids, by K. B. Sheroff

 

3a. A Series of Lectures by Dr Oric Basirov about Zoroastrian Religion & Ancient

A Series of Lectures by Dr Oric Basirov about Zoroastrian Religion & Ancient Iran

Paper 01 - Zoroaster's Time & Place

Paper 02 - Zoroaster's People

Paper 03 - Old Iranian Religion & Zoroastrian Reforms

Paper 04 - Persians & The Old Medo-Persian Religion

Paper 05 - Conversion of the Western-Iranians (Medes & Persians)

Paper 06 - Development of Temple Cults

Paper 07 - Establishment of Temple Cults of Fire & Divine Images

Paper 08 - Achaemenian Funerary Practices in Western Asia Minor

Paper 09 - Avesta in Western Iran up to Macedonian Conquest

Paper 10 - Avesta in Western Iran since Macedonian Conquest

Paper 11 - Zoroastrian Funerary Laws (Part I)

Paper 12 - Zoroastrian Funerary Laws (Part II)

Paper 13 - Zoroastrian Funerary Laws (Part III)

Paper 14 - Zoroastrianism in Early Jewish & Greek Sources

Evolution of the Zoroastrian Iconography

The Origin of the Pre-Imperial Iranian Peoples

 

4. Mazdakism

Mazdakism, by Norman Hugh Redington

The Religion of Mazdak, by I. J. S. Taraporewala

 

5. Other Iranian Religions & Beliefs

Anahitaism

Mazdakism

Yazidis, by C. Allison

Yezidism, by N. H. Dadrawala

Zurvanism

 

ANIRANIAN (Non-Iranian) RELIGIONS/BELIEFS IN ANCIENT IRAN

1. Buddhism

Ancient Iranians' Role in Expansion of Buddhism, by Dr A. A. Mostafavi
Buddhism in Iran, by Mehrak Golestani 

 

2. Christianity (Under Construction)

Aba and The Church in Persia

An Iranian Standard used as a Christian Symbol , by A. Rose

Halo: A Further Enquiry into Its Origin (the), by E. H. Ramsden

Influence of Zoroastrianism on Judaism and Christianity, by M. Willey

Influence of Zarathushtrian faith on the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, by K. P. Mehta

Pahlavi Psalter, by Ph. Gignoux
Paul the Persian, by B. Bennett
Zarathushtra – Source of the Judeo-Christian Heritage, by Dr. K. Antia

 

3. Judaism

A Brief History of Jews in Ancient Iran

Cyrus the Great: The Decree of Return for the Jews 539BCE, by K. Prism

Influence of Zoroastrianism on Judaism and Christianity, by M. Willey

Influence of Zarathushtrian faith on the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, by K. P. Mehta

Persia and Creation of Judaism, by: Dr M D Magee

Zarathushtra – Source of the Judeo-Christian Heritage, by Dr. K. Antia

 

 

Miscellaneous & General Articles

Role of Central Asian Peoples in the Spread of World Religions, by R. C. Foltz

 

 

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