By Alessandro Bausani. Trans. by J. M. Marchesi,
published by Bibliotheca Persica Press and distributed as
Volume Eleven of the Studies in the Bábí and Bahá'í
A brilliant, even masterful, overview of the religious history
of Iran, this new English translation of Prof. Bausani's classic
Italian work is standard reading for any student of Iranian religious history.
The volume opens with the formation of Zoroastrian doctrine, pursues
medieval Mazdean religion, early Persian Islam, and modern Islam
and concludes with a discussion of the Bábí and Bahá'í
religions, as Iran's most recent contribution to religious history.
This is a fully academic treatment of the entire panorama of Iranian
religion. Bausani was a professor at the University of Rome and
one of the greatest scholars of Iranian religion and literature
in the twentieth century. He served for many years as chairman of
the National Spiritual Assembly of Italy before his passing in 1988.
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