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Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices (The Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices) Hardcover – February 5, 2001
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Boyce did possess ample expertise to motivate and present the history and doctrines of Zoroastrianism in plentiful detail. Too plentiful, in fact, for the tastes of this reader, and I have a large appetite for dry academic material. Even so, plowing through this relentless presentation of technical terms, unfamiliar names, and obscure dynasties and languages was a daunting challenge, even at a short 200 pages.
For all Boyce's lavish attention to detail she presents a surprisingly one-sided picture of Zoroastrianism. You would never know reading this book that the historicity of Zarathustra has been challenged repeatedly, or that opinions are sharply divided on whether or not Darius and his successors were Zoroastrians.
Boyce has arrived at her conclusions and that is what you get. Her commitment to this interpretation goes too far at times and compromises her scholarly objectivity, as when she refers to the Zurvanites as betrayers of Zarathustra's doctrine and a "deep and grievous heresy". Such ideas simply do not have a place in academic scholarship.
If we are to have too few books on Zoroastrianism in English, I am glad this one errs on the side of too much detail and minutiae. This book is the account of a scholar with very deep knowledge indeed, and I am glad for it, flaws and all.
This book is an academic account of the tenants of Zoroastrianism from is roots through all is evolutionary changes. With a sense of an archeological dig, the reader becomes aware of not only how the world affected Zoroastrianism but also how this ancient faith in turn influenced the Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions. This religion is still alive in corners of the world with strong holds in Tehran, Iran and Bombay,India. In a chronological format the author begins with an overview of the tenets of Zoroaster in the beginning and then pulls them through history capturing the ebb and flow of humanity, giving the reader a sense of before, after and most important the present day pictures of life as a Zoroastrian.Read more ›
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A clear, direct and to-the-point account of the history of Zoroastrianism. Well-written and meticulously researched. The best book I've read on this topic. Read morePublished 18 months ago by James Kenney
Were I able to give half stars, this would actually be a 3 1/2 star book, but I will round up. The title is a bit of a misnomer - while the beliefs and practices of the... Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by doc peterson
I am not sure what to believe, is this a 15,000 year old religion, or is that just hype. IF this author is to be believed (and I tend to) it makes many things fit more easily into... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Itchy and Scratchy
This hidden history of global importance, should be read and understood by all thinkers..From Mary Boyce's work we can see the seed sown in ancient Persia that became Jesus of... Read morePublished on March 26, 2012 by kingjohnv8
I had picked Boyce's Zoroastrians not only for its rarity but also because of the rave reviews that it had received. It is supposed to be an introduction to this foreign religion. Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by A.J. Deus
The scholarship in this book is impeccable. I especially like the depth of historical details, and I have learned so much about an ancient culture. Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by Duchess
I agree the title is a bit of a misnomer; this is moreso a general history of Zoroastrianism than a close analysis of its daily practice. Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by Ryan Mease
As a passionate amateur of the Shahnameh which led me to the history of ancient Persia, to the Avesta and to the zoroastrianism, I am so glad I found many answers in Mary Boyce... Read morePublished on July 30, 2008 by Véronique Taleb