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Ancient Iran: Cosmology, Mythology, History | [Iraj Bashiri]

Ancient Iran: Cosmology, Mythology, History

Ancient Iran: Cosmology, Mythology, History presents Iran's pre-Islamic history within the context of both its complex cosmology and rich mythology. The audiobook uses the concept of farr to show how authority, finding guidance in the cosmic realm, organized the lives of Iran's hero-saints in the mythic realm. It also discusses how historical monarchs organized their hierarchical societies according to the dictates of Ahura Mazda.
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Ancient Iran: Cosmology, Mythology, History presents Iran's pre-Islamic history within the context of both its complex cosmology and rich mythology. The audiobook uses the concept of farr to show how authority, finding guidance in the cosmic realm, organized the lives of Iran's hero-saints in the mythic realm. It also discusses how historical monarchs organized their hierarchical societies according to the dictates of Ahura Mazda.

The audiobook is divided into three parts. The first part examines cosmology, concentrating on Ahura Mazda and the Ahuric order that emanates from him. The next section addresses mythology and describes how the rulership of hero-saints promoted the farr, culminating in the unique creed of Zoroaster. The final section tells the history of pre-Islamic Iran. It begins with a study of life on the plateau, moves on to the stages of empire and concludes with the rule of the Parthians and Sassanids.

Additionally, through a new interpretation of Firdowsi's Shahname, the volume shows how the prophet Zoroaster reorganized Mazdian cosmology to fit the ethical, philosophical, and sociological dynamics of Achaemenid and Sassanid Iran.

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    Don’t be fooled by the first word of the title into expecting an account of pre-Arabic middle-eastern astronomy. This is cosmology in the old sense: religious beliefs about the how we got here. But that’s no bad thing. I found Bashiri’s canter through Mazdaism/Zoroastrianism and later heresies enlightening, not least because they help explain why, even after so long under Islam, the Iranians have remained a bulwark against both Arabs and Turks, and literally a race apart.

    I did find the mythology that fills one or two early chapters pretty turgid; like all others, Iranian myths seem to consist in badly constructed epics with sparse literary merit, cobbled together long ago to shore up the claims of long-forgotten despots and priests. You can understand the author’s motives in wanting to record them, however: as he explains at the start, Ayatollah Khamenei has banished study of anything that might have happened (if there was anything) before Islam.

    Much the best part of the book is the history that fills most of it. After a lifetime of hearing the Persians, Parthians etc presented only as the bad guys up against the Greeks and Romans, it’s refreshing to hear history from their perspective – like watching ‘Dances with Wolves’ after countless John Wayne movies. You get to appreciate what a great bunch the early Achaemenids were (especially Cyrus and Darius) and why Alexander was so keen on his fiercest rivals. You also learn why, after millennia swatting away enemies on all sides, Persia succumbed so pathetically to the Arab invasion that brought Islam; above all, it was the licentiousness, corruption and internal divisions of the Sassanid ruling caste.

    Narrator Mark Delgado does a great job, reading the text with pace and power as though he were a CIA agent briefing the US President on the background to some new middle-eastern crisis. His delivery made me reflect that, apart from the weaponry, not a lot has changed in that part of the world in three thousand years.

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