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This is an auction for THE DAWN & TWILIGHT OF ZOROASTRIANISM by R C Zaehner.

A religious studies classic, first published in 1961. This edition 2002. reviews:

"FIVE STARS!!! This book is on an ancient and hardly known prophet of Iran who taught an ethical monotheism centuries before the birth of Christ. No book on the subject before or since conveys so vividly, profoundly, and movingly the religious genius of Zoroaster. Zaehner demonstrates, by means of hundreds of quotes (which he explains in a masterly fashion) that the Sassianian philosopher priests proposed a powerful solution to the problem of evil, a solution that ought still to be carefully studied by theists of any religious tradition. The final chapter, dealing with Zoroastrian eschatology, is still unrivalled."

"FIVE STARS! Zaehner is probably the most respected Zoroastrian scholar around. If you want a clear and concise exposition of the Zoroastrian faith and historical experience, this is the work to consult. Zoroastrianism thrived in Iran, competed with Christianity and Manichaeism, and eventually gave in to Islam. Today it is a minority faith with less than one million adherents, mostly in India and Iran. Its effect was to last to this day, however: Christianity, via Judaism, and Islam would adopt much of its teaching, primarily reflected in their ethical dualism and eschatology. This is the seminal work on the faith and is an excellent resource and must own for the history of religion enthusiast."

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Large format (trade) paperback 2002.

371 pages + 45 illustrations.

Good condition.

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