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Zoroastrian Tradition: An Introduction to the Ancient Wisdom of Zarathustra Paperback – November 1, 1991
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Dr. Ichaporia found Professor Mehr's English to be poor. I've read the book cover to cover three times and I found Mehr's command of English to be perfectly fine. Dr. Ichaporia also implies that Professor Mehr should stick to politics and leave religion to the scholars. All well and good except to date no scholar, Ichaporia included, has attempted a book of this scope, for the most part preferring to pick at each other's translations of Zarathustra's sacred songs (the Gathas) instead of sharing them with a general readership.
Prof. Mehr's life and career have been well-documented in TRIUMPH OVER DISCRIMINATION. His religion is hard-earned in the front lines and trenches of policy and diplomacy. I trust Mehr to know whence he speaks and I heartily recommend this book to those who wish to know what Zarathustra's vision looks like in real life rather than in academic monographs.
Having said that he writes clearly very passionately about his religion and since I have heard much of Zoroastrians but read nothing by someone who is a Zoroastrian, I did enjoy his discussions on his religion, its beliefs and its current problems. One issue that struck me was that this religion has to make a decision soon whether it will accept converts or wither away.
What I did find annoying was in an effort to explain Zoroastrians beliefs, the writer makes comments like Jews, Christian or Muslims believe this. Knowing a fair bit about parts of these religions, I often felt like saying do they? Many of these religions actually have a wide range of beliefs and it certainly seems a terrible simplification for the writer to make these claims about their beliefs. It would have been better if he had stuck with his own beliefs and not brought these ideas into his book.
Still overall I have not found a better book on the subject.