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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156853010X524325 Society and Animals 18 (2010) 367-378 brill.nl/soan Zoroastrian Attitudes toward Animals Richard Foltz Concordia University Richard.Foltz@concordia.ca Abstract The ancient religion of Zoroastrianism devotes considerable

In: Society & Animals

al-Naysābūrī (d. 1075) argued that in pre-Islamic times Arabs imitated many Zoroastrian customs relating to menstruation. 4 Later Qur’ānic commentators such as Maḥmūd b. ‘Umar al-Zamakhsharī (1074–1144), Muḥammad b. ‘Umar al-Rāzī (1149–1210), ‘Abd Allāh b. ‘Umar al-Bayḍāwī (d. 1268), ‘Abd Allāh

In: Review of Rabbinic Judaism

the encouragement for the practice of xwēdōdah . While Zoroastrian and Iranian scholars have attempted to deny such a practice (Sanjana; Shahbazi), there is ample evidence to the contrary, between the 6th and the 10th CE (West; Frye; Mitterauer; Frandsen). In this paper in memory of Zeev Rubin, I

In: Journal of Persianate Studies

rituals that are still celebrated today, as well as some hymns to different divinities, among which only a few are still used in ritual Zoroastrian practice. Besides, there are a few texts that appear only in collections of Pahlavi literature, as is the case of the Hādōxt Nask and, finally, some meta

In: Indo-Iranian Journal

1 Chorasmia and Zoroastrianism The question relative to the importance or even exclusivity of the Zoroastrian religion in Chorasmia has raised keen interest among all scholars concerned with the history of this country, whether philologists or archaeologists. The earliest indisputable piece of

In: Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia

The variety of Iranian vocabulary translated into European languages as “heresy” is quite noticeable within the exegetical Zoroastrian literature written after the Arab conquest of Iran. It appears that one needs to undertake fresh textual analysis in order to identify the whole range of

In: Numen

present study, which focuses on Babylonian rabbinic views of sexual desire, constitutes an attempt to broaden the existing comparative framework, by negotiating the Zoroastrian context of the Babylonian rabbinic discussions alongside the Christian backdrop. By bringing together these cultural worlds and

In: Journal for the Study of Judaism

Menstrual Impurity in Zoroastrianism In classical Zoroastrianism, 1 as in many religions, menstruation and menstruating women are deemed ritually impure. 2 In Zoroastrianism, as in many cultures and religions, there is a belief in the power of the human eye to inflict damage on people and

In: Numen

additions to the priestly strata of the Pentateuch ought to be contextualized with Indic and Zoroastrian material. Through a close examination of Numbers 31:19-24 and its parallels from the Indic and Iranian literatures, I seek to demonstrate that Hindu and Zoroastrian parallels can prove to be quite

In: Vetus Testamentum

simultaneously being fostered by the Zoroastrian priesthood. 11 Since, however, the Zoroastrian system of repentance has, by and large, been neglected in scholarship, its relative significance for understanding the development of contemporary penitential theories in late antiquity has been significantly

In: Journal for the Study of Judaism