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A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity

Richard E. Payne

Abstract

Christian communities flourished during late antiquity in a Zoroastrian political system, known as the Iranian Empire, which integrated culturally and geographically disparate territories from Arabia to Afghanistan into its institutions and networks. Whereas previous studies have regarded Christians as marginal, insular, and often persecuted participants in this empire, this book demonstrates their integration into elite networks, adoption of Iranian political practices and imaginaries, and participation in imperial institutions. The rise of Christianity in Iran depended on the Zoroastrian the ... More

Keywords: Zoroastrian political system, Iran, Iranian Empire, Arabia, Afghanistan, Zoroastrian theory, Christians, Jews, Iranian political culture, imperial institutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520286191
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286191.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard E. Payne, author