Contents: Preface; Esoteric trends in Zoroastrianism; The notions menog and getig in the Pahlavi texts and their relation to eschatology; Some notes on Ahreman, the Evil Spirit, and his creation; Mihr the judge; The myth of Zurvan: cosmogony and eschatology; From Iran to Islam: notes on some themes in transmission: 1. ‘Religion and sovereignty are twins’ in Ibn al-Muqaffa’s theory of government. 2. The four sages; From Iran to Islam: on some symbols of royalty; Payman: an Iranian idea in contact with Greek thought and Islam; A facetious recipe and the two wisdoms: Iranian themes in Muslim garb; First man, first king: notes on Semitic-Iranian syncretism and Iranian mythological transformations; ‘For the sake of the soul’: a Zoroastrian idea in transmission into Islam; Some Iranian themes in Islamic literature; Addenda; Index.
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