‘In Search of Zarathustra’ a book on Iranian extension
Publish Date : Friday 20 September 2019 - 17:13
IBNA- The book ‘In Search of Zarathustra: Across Iran and Central Asia to Find the World's First Prophet’ by British scholar by Paul Kriwaczek elaborates on the idea of Iranian extension rather than revisiting Zarathustra.
According to IBNA correspondent, the book which has been translated into Persian by ‘In Search of Zarathustra: Across Iran and Central Asia to Find the World's First Prophet’
reads: “Long before the first Hebrew temple, before the birth of Christ, there lived in Persia a prophet to whom we owe the ideas of a single god, the cosmic struggle between good and evil, and the Apocalypse. His name was Zarathustra (Zoroaster)
, and his teachings eventually held sway from the Indus to the Nile and spread as far as Britain.
Following Zarathustra’s elusive trail back through time and across the Islamic, Christian, and Jewish worlds, Paul Kriwaczek
uncovers his legacy at a wedding ceremony in present-day Central Asia, in the Cathar heresy of medieval France, and among the mystery cults of the Roman Empire.
He explores pre-Muslim Iran and Central Asia, ultimately bringing us face to face with the prophet himself, a teacher whose radical humility shocked and challenged his age, and whose teachings have had an enduring effect on Western thought. The result is a tour de force of travel and historical inquiry by an adventurer in the classic tradition.”
Paul Kriwaczek (1937-2014) was born in Vienna. He traveled extensively in Asia and Africa before developing a career in broadcasting and journalist. In 1970, he joined the BBC full-time and wrote, produced, and directed for twenty-five years. He also served as head of Central Asian Affairs at the BBC World Service.
‘In Search of Zarathustra: Across Iran and Central Asia to Find the World's First Prophet’ in Persian has been released by Cheshmeh Publishing in 268 pages and 500 copies.