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In Search Of Zarathustra By Paul Kriwaczek

In Search Of Zarathustra
by Paul Kriwaczek

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A look at the era of the great Persian kings Cyrus and Darius in the 6th century BC, to the beginning of the first pre-Christian millennium.
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In Search Of Zarathustra: The First Prophet and the Ideas that Changed the World by Paul Kriwaczek

IN SEARCH OF ZARATHUSTRA is a quest to trace the influence of the prophet the Greeks called Zoroaster and considered the greatest religious legislator of the ancient world. Long before the first Hebrew temple, before the birth of Christ or the mission of Muhammad, Zarathustra had taught of a single universal god, of the battle between Good and Evil, of the Devil, Heaven and Hell, and of an eventual end to the world. Over several decades, Paul Kriwaczek, an award-winning television producer, has cast his film-maker's eye across Europe and Central Asia, from Hadrian's Wall to the Oxus river, from the Pyrenees to the Hindu Kush. Passing via Nietzsche's interpretation of Zarathustra for a post-religious age, the Cathars of 13th-century France, the Bulgars of 9th-century Balkans, and the prophet Mani's revision of Zarathustra's message in the later Persian empire, Paul Kriwaczek then explores the religion of Mithras - before going back past Alexander the Great's destruction of the Persian Empire, and the era of the great Persian kings Cyrus and Darius in the 6th century BC, to the beginning of the first pre-Christian millennium.

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The founder of the Zoroastrian religion (an ancient monotheism which placed great emphasis on human existence as the battleground between the forces of Good and Evil) is popularly known, if at all, via a tone poem by Strauss and a book by Nietzsche. Paul Kriwaczek is a polyglot, fluent in eight languages, who for many years deployed his great knowledge of Central and South Asia as a producer for the BBC. He also has the distinction of having once been the only practising European dentist based in Kabul! This fascinating and well-written book manages to interleave autobiography with the history of philosophy and religion. But its main narrative concerns the actual history which Zoroastrian ideas engendered and shaped - from the rise and fall of the Persian Empire right up to contemporary Muslim states.

About Paul Kriwaczek


Paul Kriwaczek was born in Vienna in 1937. In London he trained as a dentist, and spent a decade working in Iran and Afghanistan. From there he travelled extensively in Asia and Africa before developing a career in broadcasting and journalism. In 1970 he joined the BBC full-time and wrote, produced and directed for 25 years. A former head of Central Asian Affairs at the BBC World Service, he is fluent in eight languages, including Farsi, Pashto, Urdu, Hindi and Nepalese.

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GOR001078199
In Search Of Zarathustra: The First Prophet and the Ideas that Changed the World by Paul Kriwaczek
Paul Kriwaczek
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Orion Publishing Co
2002-03-14
320
0297646222
9780297646228
N/A
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