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Priests, Prophets, and Kings: Religion and Society in Late Antique Iran

From India to the Levant and from the Caspian Sea to the Arabian Peninsula, the Sasanian Empire (224-651 CE) was the dominant power in the Middle East till the advent of Islam. Diverse religious institutions and social practices of the Zoroastrians, Manicheans, Jews, and Christians in late antique Iran. Complex relationships between the Zoroastrian priesthood, the Sasanian monarchs, and these minority religions within the context of imperial rule. Profound religious and social changes that occurred with the Islamic conquests of Iran as well as examine the rich cultural continuities that survived from the Pre-Islamic past.

Subject Code: 
CLASSGEN
Units: 
4-5
Term: 
Spr
Course Number: 
106
Day/Time: 
TTh / 3:15-5:05
Room: 
TBA
Type: 
Seminar