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46Books and articles on Zoroastrianism
 

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Mc Alester PhD
The Origin of Israel’s Faith – and its Debt to Zoroaster[i]
Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds
[i] Text of a speech given on August 17, 2003 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
A deep analysis on the influence of Zarathustra's thought on Judaism

Lawrence Mills
Our Own Religion In Ancient Persia
This lecture was delivered by Dr. Lawrence Mills, professor of Avesta philology at Oxford University, United Kingdom, 1910.
A well documented and a profound study on the influence of Zarathustra's thought on Christianity

A Sky Full of Stars
McIntyre, Dina G.
In this article the reader is taken on a spiritual journey and exposed to a roam of possibilities through the strength of the treasures buried in the Gathas of Zarathushtra. The empowerment that comes from internalizing the Gathic concepts is discussed.

A Zarathushtrian Approach to Quality Management based on Gathic Values
Abreu, Dr. Jose Luis
At entrance to the 3rd millennium, modern enterprises are uncovering the importance of implementing quality control in every aspect of their business. Yet, the moral and ethical aspects of human interaction frameworks that can naturally result in quality implementation is to be found in the ancient Gathic message. The author knowledgeable in both Quality Management and the Gathic concepts is uniquely able to do justices to the subject and to further our understanding of both studies.

Any friend of Zarathushtra is a friend of ours
Abreu, Jose Luis
In this thought-provoking article the Zarathushtrian perspective on what constitutes the basis of friendship and the camaraderie of the righteous is presented.

Asha "God's Will"
Mehr, Professor Farhang
The concept of Asha being so central to Zarathustra's Vision for creation and so fundamental to the empowerment and uplift of the humans that a comprehensive analysis of it is essential. The author has done a great job of analyzing the concept of Asha.

Buried Treasure
McIntyre, Dina G.
In this article the author shows how treasures buried in the age proven wisdom of an ancient philosopher that has been passed down through the generations can be uncovered and through understanding the symbolism, our lives can be greatly enriched and transformed. The wisdom conveyed in the message of the ancient prophet Zarathushtra is discussed in this paper.

Communicative Reason & Medieval Iranian Thought
Soroushian, Dr. Mehrborzin
Dr. Sakhai motivated by his desire to find a solution to the problem of human misery and suffering was led to Zarathushtrian studies and produced this well referenced book based on his Ph.D. research in Iranian studies at Columbia university. Very informative perspective is presented on comparison of Zarathushtra's thought with the tenets of the Abrahamic religions as well as the the theories of Marx, Weber and Habermas.

Echoes of Zarathushtra in the Modern Field of Conflict Resolution
Pearlstein, Arthur
Resolving conflicts by adapting positive approaches that prevents stagnation, simulates curiosity and learning, and promotes the search for new solutions is the inference one gets from the Gathic message as elaborated in this paper.

Fire "Athra" and Fiery Test
Jahanian, Dr. Daryoush
In this document, the author searches for the significance of Fire referred in the Gathas of Zarathushtra and its symbolism. Fire and Fiery test for individuals aspiring to the attributes of perfection in creation is discussed.

For Love of Wisdom
McIntyre, Dina G.
A brief review of some of Zarathushtra's teaching is given in this very enriching document.

Happiness
Shahriari, Shahriar
Happiness as a humanity promoting quality, and its spiritual implications for the individual and the human society at large is explored in this insightful article.

Heritage of Humanity
Soroushian, Dr. Mehrborzin
Some of the great contributions of Zarathushtra to development of human thought and human civilization are outlined in this article written in connection with the UNESCO declared 3000 anniversary of Zoroastrianism.

How Do We Worship, How Do We Pray
McIntyre, Dina G.
The author describes different types of prayer in the Gathas, including the "asking" prayers and the "giving" prayers, and how they affect our lives and our world, and she closes with a blessing which reflects Zarathushtra's view that it is not enough to ask blessings for ourselves. We have to bless each other and our world.

Implication of Zarathushtra’s Vision of Freedom of Choice for Today’s Society
Daver, Adi
Zarathushtra's vision of Freedom of Choice for every mortal is not an untrammeled one. It is based on the Good Mind invariably striving for the Absolute Truth to give love and to serve humanity, as a means of not only renovating one's soul but also moving creation towards perfection. The signifance of using the privilege of Freedom of Choice is discussed in this article.

Love and Peace in Zarathushtra’s Voice
Palsson, Henrick
An insightful perspective on Zarathushtra's vision for humanity is given. The question of what it means to be good in words, deeds and thoughts is explored, as well as the question of what can Zarathushtra offer to the humanity in the 3rd millennium.

Metaphor in the Gathas, Part 1: The Natural Metaphors
McIntyre, Dina G.
This is Part 1 of a series of articles on Metaphor in the Gathas. Here, the author discusses the way in which Zarathushtra uses pastoral metaphors to convey his thoughts, and his solution for the defeat of evil. A discussion of fire in the later texts is included, and the author concludes by raising some interesting questions.

Metaphor in the Gathas, Part 2: The "Houses" of Paradise and Hell
McIntyre, Dina G.
In this piece, the author discusses Zarathushtra's use of "house" as a metaphor, and touches on his notions of heaven and hell.

Metaphor in the Gathas, Part 3: The Amesha Spenta as Allegories
McIntyre, Dina G.
Author analyzes Zarathushtra's introduction of the Amesha Spenta "Holy Immortals" in detail, and his enigmatic use of the singular and the plural in addressing Ahura Mazda "The Lord of Wisdom." Dina makes conclusions with discussion on his thoughts regarding the nature of divinity.

Nietzsche’s Understanding of Zarathushtra’s Philosophy
Pearlstein,Arthur
Analysis of Nietzsche's understanding of Zarathushtra's thought that provides valuable insight into the philosphical basis of Zarathushtra's message is given in this article

Of Means and Ends
McIntyre, Dina G.
In this thought provoking article, the author examines evidence from the text of the oldest religious philosophy and comes up with very deep and significant observation on the purpose for life and the relationship between individuals and the human wholeness.

A Zarathushtrian Approach to Quality Management based on Gathic Values
Abreu, Dr. Jose Luis
At entrance to the 3rd millennium, modern enterprises are uncovering the importance of implementing quality control in every aspect of their business. Yet, the moral and ethical aspects of human interaction frameworks that can naturally result in quality implementation is to be found in the ancient Gathic message. The author knowledgeable in both Quality Management and the Gathic concepts is uniquely able to do justices to the subject and to further our understanding of both studies.

Any friend of Zarathushtra is a friend of ours
Abreu, Jose Luis
In this thought-provoking article the Zarathushtrian perspective on what constitutes the basis of friendship and the camaraderie of the righteous is presented.

On the Fire of Aramaiti
Bagli, Ervad Dr. Jehan
In the hustle of the day to day activity, there is often little time for human to pause and think of the rationale of existence. Asho Zarathusht preached the importance of Manah ­Mind- through his thought provoking Message, some 3700 years ago. Today, in the wake of material bliss, humanity is still struggling to fully comprehend how best to attain the Spenta Aramaiti - Serenity or Right-mindedness - to optimally utilize that precious gift ­ Vohu Manah - of the Wise Lord, and bring forth His kingdom in this material actuality.

One Design
McIntyre, Dina G.
In this piece, the author explores Zarathushtra's teaching that the material and the spiritual form a part of one beautiful design, and discusses their harmonious interaction.

Renewal
McIntyre, Dina G.
In this thought provoking article, the author articulates the concept of renewal from the Gathic perspective with its foundation in individuals renewing themselves resulting in renewal for humanity. The relationship between the path to renewal and renewal itself is examined.

Psychology of the Gathas A Psycho-historical view of teachings of Zarathushtra
Anoshiravani, Dr. Ardeshir
In this brief article, the author attempts to analyze the methodology of Gathas in light of modern theories of learning. Also, some psycho historical assumptions pertaining to the life and times of Asho Zarathushtra is discussed.

Response to Terrorism: A Zarathushtrian Perspective
McIntyre, Dina G.
The author discusses some thoughts on terrorism and how we might respond to it, within the framework of Zarathushtra's teachings.

A Healing Vision
Smith, Timothy
A frank discussion of the tragedy of September 11, 2001 that unfolded in the USA questions just how far civilization has really come from ages past, while an account of Zarathushtra’s teachings chart a new course to a better world


Spenta Mainyu in the Gâthâs
Dhalla, Dastur Maneckji
This brief article outlines the Gathic perspective on Spenta Mainyu and its relation to Ahura Mazda. The distinction must be made since later Zarathushti literature mistakenly made the two identical.

Studying the Gathas as a Pratical Guide to a Blissful Existence
Irani, Dinshah
A basic and illustrative analysis of how the fundamental concepts embedded in the Gathas of Zarathushtra can enable an individual live a blissful and fulfilling life is given.

The Core and the Externals
McIntyre, Dina G.
The evolution of the textual sources of the Zarathushtrian religion is examined and the deviations from the original message of the faith is given perspective.

The Enlightenment Message of Zarathushtra
Kerr, Dr. Sam
Zarathushtra generated an extraordinary transformation in the history of human thought by promulgating a significant vision more than 3500 years ago. He emphasized that religion is not a matter of membership of a formal institute or group but a matter of personal conscience and acceptance through rational thought. It is essentially a commitment to a moral life aimed at making the world a better place free of myth, magic or impositions through social and political pressures. The article tries to illustrate the parallels between Zarathushtra's amazing insight and ‘The Enlightenment’ movement in Europe, an intellectual pursuit centered on confidence in the human capacity for thought and judgment, which occurred as late as the 18th century.

The Proposal of Zarathushtra - Beyond Religion and Philosophy
Abreu, Jose Luis
This thought provoking article explores the scope of Zarathushtra's message for humanity beyond simple theological and philosophical bounds and into other domains that influences human behavior.

Aredvi -- The River and the Boon Goddess
Jafarey, Dr. Ali Akbar
The Yashts are Zoroastrian texts composed - many centuries after Zarathushtra - in veneration of creation, emphasizing the need to protect and safeguard nature. This article gives a well rounded discussion based on the Yashta.

Fravašis and Fravardégân
Bode, Framroze
The concept of Fravašis - emphasized in the later Zoroastrian literature - and its relation to the living and creation and its place in the bigger scheme of life is explained in this paper.

Initiation into the Good Religion (Sadreh-pûshi -- Navjote)
Jafarey, Dr. Ali Akbar
Sadreh-Pushi (Navjote) is the initiation ceremony into the Good Religion that has evolved over time. This article gives a brief review of the ceremony and the prayers recited.

Is The Vandidad a Zarathushtrian Scripture?
Shahzadi,Mobed Rostam
A review of evolution of Zarathushtrian priesthood, religious practices, and the adaptation of temporal laws as religious laws, and some of the causes of deviation from the original message of Zarathushtra is given.

On becoming a Zoroastrian in Italy
Moramarco, Michele
Author takes us on his personal journey of discovery as he explores human spirituality, philosophy and psychotherapy that led him to the study of Zoroastrianism. Michele provides valuable insights on the similarity and differences of different schools of thoughts he explored in his personal intellectual quest.

Setting The World Alight, Reflections on the Frashkart
Antolak, Ryszard J.
Drawing on younger Avesta, the Gathas, and later Persian sources, the author presents a thought provoking view of renewal and evolution towards perfection.

Seven Gems from the Later Literature
McIntyre, Dina G.
With passage of much time since the life of Zarathushtra, the Zarathushtrian religion literature produced in the first millennium A.D. had a lot of ethical under-toning. Some of the literature reflected non-Zarathushtrian influences that had crept in. The philosophical emphasize of Zarathushtra’s doctrine was not always evident in the religious texts of that period. In this article, the author highlights seven fine examples of the strength of Zarathushtra’s wisdom captured in literature of that period.

The Avesta, An Introduction
Jafarey, Dr. Ali Akbar
The evolution and origin of various texts of the Zarathushtrian religion starting with the poetic compositions of Zarathushtra himself is discussed in this book. The information contained in this article serves as a good reference.

The Core and the ExternalsMcIntyre, Dina G.
The evolution of the textual sources of the Zarathushtrian religion is examined and the deviations from the original message of the faith is given perspective.

The Essence of Benevolent Nature
Kerr, Dr. Sam
This article tries to trace historical, social and scriptural evidence to emphasis that the Gathic/Avestan peoples were among the first recorded ‘greenies’. Mary Boyce describes this appropriately “Zarathushtra’s people were settled pastoralists, who tended cattle and sheep and goats and who kept dogs for herding and hunting in the rich grasslands and dense forests. …….they saw themselves as custodians as well as dependants, thus becoming one with the natural world."

The Prophet's UtterancesKerr, Dr. Sam
This is an attempt to see if the Prophet’s divine revelations, uttered in parables, can be better understood. The author, fascinated by the devoted Sanskrit/Gathic/Avestan scholar, Irach J. S. Taraporewala’s monumental comparative study and rendering of the Prophets hymns, embarked on this essay hoping it will help stimulate further inquiry. Himself only a searching student he would have created many flaws - errors, which can always be corrected, for the benefit of others, by those who wish to read.

The TalismanMcIntyre, Dina G.
This article explores the reasons why the Ahuna Vairya prayer has held such a special place in the long history of the Zarathushti religion, as a means for defeating evil and transcending our mortality.

Three Prayers and the Name of GodMcIntyre, Dina G.
In this article Dina takes her reader into the explanatory world the first three prayers every Zarathushti learns, a thought provoking article.

Universal Elements Forming the Fundamentals of the Religion of Zarathushtra
Homji, Dasturji Nowrooz D. Minocher
The universality of the Religion tradition introduced by Zarathushtra and the unique and humanistic aspects of the same are discussed in this easy to comprehend speech delivered in 1984.

What Does 'KHVAETVADATHA' Mean?
Jafarey, Dr. Ali Akbar
The word 'khvaetvadatha' occurs only five times in the entire Avestan text. Its misinterpretation has given rise to speculation of marriage of next of kin has been endorsed in Zoroastrianism. An in-depth analysis of the significance of the Avestan word 'khvaetvadatha' is provided in this article.

Why The Vendidad?
Vajifdar,Farrokh
Vendidad is a collection of ancient scientific knowledge, geographical information, and Sassanian era civil laws. Its historical and relgious significance is explored in this insightful article.

Zoroastrian Genocide
Islamic era histroy of Zoroastrians of Iran through political analysis and historical letters
, Dr. Daryoush Jahanian
The systematic genocide of Zoroastrians in post-Islamic Iran has been amongst the most tragic events in human history. Yet, this great tragedy is not as well known to the world public. This well researched document gives an overview of 13 centuries of systematic genocide of a proud people -- a legacy of Islamic conquest of Iran.

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