The existence of a militant, intentional iconoclasm in the Zoroastrianism
of the Sasanian period was postulated by Mary Boyce in a groundbreaking article published in 1975, (4) and has since been accepted almost without reservations by both Iranists and the wider scholarly community.
In recent days, the Islamic State militants have swept through villages in the north that are home to religious minorities including Christians and the Yazidis, who follow an ancient religion with ties to Zoroastrianism
ISIS regards the sect, which originated in Mesopotamia (Iraq, Kuwait, and parts of Syria, Turkey and Iran) more than 4,000 years ago and melds the beliefs of ancient Zoroastrianism
, Christianity and Islam, as devil worshipers and apostates.
Most of the displaced are Yezidi, a Kurdish community whose faith includes features of the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrianism
The event was attended by several dignitaries, including more than 50 delegates representing different religious confessions, such as Hinduism, Islam, Zoroastrianism
, Sikhism, Jainism, officials of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.
As well as people from the Hindu faith, the Sunday celebration included leaders from Sikhism, Buddhism, Baha'i, Jainism, Islam, Judaism, Zoroastrianism
and Christian religions.
At the heart of Zoroastrianism
lies the doctrine of the interdependence and unity of man and all other aspects of creation.
The topics include localizing the Buddha's presence at wayside shrines in northern Pakistan, "trading religions" and "visible religion" in the ancient Near East, trading in the symbols of the goddess Nanaya, Hanukkah in the Babylonian Talmud and Zoroastrianism
, sharing the concept of god among trading prophets in poems attributed to Umayya b.
He conquered Persia and forced the people to convert from Zoroastrianism
and Sunnism to Ja'fari Shi'ism.
One of these was to portray Iranians as false Muslims, while being secretly followers of pre-Islamic religions like Zoroastrianism
His main idea is that Zoroastrianism
, the ancient religion of Persia, has greatly influenced Jewish concepts of the creation, the Messiah/Saviour of the world, social and personal justice, sacrifice, Satan, judgment, resurrection, paradise and most importantly the concept of God, crystallized in monotheism, a fundamental belief in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
The exhibition immortalises the rituals of such threatened religions as Zoroastrianism
, with just 125,000 believers worldwide and an unlikely headquarters in Harrow.
Deftly constructed at 422 pages, Discreet Indiscretions: Divine Revelations and Arguable Governance is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the religion / zoroastrianism
Religions covered include Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Zoroastrianism
, Christianity, and Muslim faiths.
Iran is the birthplace of two of the world's great religions: Zoroastrianism