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AndreasK July 21st, 2012 08:55 AM

Religions among common people in Sasanian Persia?
 
Which religions did the common people of Sasanian Persia follow and which gods did they believe in?

And in which different areas?

Salah July 21st, 2012 09:02 AM

Zoroastrianism was the 'Imperial cult'. There were Jewish, Christian, and I believe Buddhist minorities.

Kirialax July 21st, 2012 03:36 PM

The Islamicist Hugh Kennedy actually believes that Sassanian Iraq had a Christian majority. I have yet to check out his supporting literature behind this statement, but it's intriguing nonetheless.

Shapur July 22nd, 2012 09:45 AM

Manichaeism was another important religion founded in Sassanid Persia, though Zoroastrian persecutions at the end of 3rd century seemed to have done a good job of stamping it out.

Salah July 22nd, 2012 10:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kirialax (Post 1135590)
The Islamicist Hugh Kennedy actually believes that Sassanian Iraq had a Christian majority. I have yet to check out his supporting literature behind this statement, but it's intriguing nonetheless.

Let us know when you do, that does sound very interesting.

Shaheen July 22nd, 2012 11:27 AM

Buddhism would have been popular in the eastern provinces (Afghanistan + Western Pakistan) and Hindus would exist there as well.

Mandate of Heaven July 22nd, 2012 06:57 PM

They believed in a more fundamental, conservative Zoroastrianism than the Archimedeans. But a later, heretical branch of Zoroastrianism, the Zurvanism, arose in this period.

AndreasK December 12th, 2012 02:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kirialax (Post 1135590)
The Islamicist Hugh Kennedy actually believes that Sassanian Iraq had a Christian majority. I have yet to check out his supporting literature behind this statement, but it's intriguing nonetheless.

Kirialax: did you find anything on this?

Kirialax December 12th, 2012 05:56 AM

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Originally Posted by AndreasK (Post 1284755)
Kirialax: did you find anything on this?



The Great Arab Conquests
, p. 100. I haven't gone into his references because I haven't had the time yet.

AndreasK December 12th, 2012 06:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Kirialax (Post 1284904)


The Great Arab Conquests
, p. 100. I haven't gone into his references because I haven't had the time yet.

Ok thanks for feedback anyway. Will be interesting to see whether it makes sense. Quite an intriguing situation, if it were true, don't you think?


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