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Memory and Identity in Sasanian Persia: Sacred History and the Historiography of Ancient Iran

Memory and Identity in Sasanian Persia: Sacred History and the Historiography of Ancient Iran
Touraj Daryaee

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Here, Touraj Daryaee shows how the idea of Iran - its attributes, mores, values, boundaries and traditions - was brought to the Zoroastrian, Jewish and Christian populations of the Sasanian Empire and accepted and internalized by these religious communities. By tracing the political accommodations reached in the the Sasanian court back to the Zoroastrian texts of the Avesta, Daryaee demonstrates why scholars, scribes and the state continued to emulate and propagate the memory of the Peshdadian, Kayanian and Sasanian empires - even into the Islamic period. Memory and Identity in Sasanian Persia will be an essential work for scholars of Iran, Zoroastrianism and those seeking to understand the history of Middle-Eastern antiquity.

Author Info

Touraj Daryaee is Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the history of Iran and the Persianate World and Associate Director of the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. He is the editor of the Name-ye Iran-e Bastan: The International Journal of Ancient Iranian Studies and the creator of Sasanika: The Late Antique Near East Project.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780762487
Publication Date: 29 Aug 2018
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 216
Width: 138

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