Richard E. Payne's A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian PDF

By Richard E. Payne

ISBN-10: 0520286197

ISBN-13: 9780520286191

Christian groups flourished in the course of overdue antiquity in a Zoroastrian political method, often called the Iranian Empire, that built-in culturally and geographically disparate territories from Arabia to Afghanistan into its associations and networks. while prior reports have seemed Christians as marginal, insular, and sometimes persecuted members during this empire, Richard Payne demonstrates their integration into elite networks, adoption of Iranian political practices and imaginaries, and participation in imperial institutions.

 The upward push of Christianity in Iran trusted the Zoroastrian conception and perform of hierarchical, differentiated inclusion, in line with which Christians, Jews, and others occupied valid areas in Iranian political tradition in positions subordinate to the imperial faith. Christians, for his or her half, located themselves in a political tradition now not in their personal making, with recourse to their very own ideological and institutional assets, starting from the writing of saints’ lives to the judicial arbitration of bishops. In putting the social heritage of East Syrian Christians on the middle of the Iranian imperial tale, A country of Mixture is helping clarify the persistence of a culturally varied empire throughout 4 centuries.

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