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The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran : Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism - Patricia Crone

The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran

Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism

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Patricia Crone's latest book is about the Iranian response to the Muslim penetration of the Iranian countryside, the revolts subsequently triggered there, and the religious communities that these revolts revealed. The book also describes a complex of religious ideas that, however varied in space and unstable over time, has demonstrated a remarkable persistence in Iran across a period of two millennia. The central thesis is that this complex of ideas has been endemic to the mountain population of Iran and occasionally become epidemic with major consequences for the country, most strikingly in the revolts examined here, and in the rise of the Safavids who imposed Shi'ism on Iran. This learned and engaging book by one of the most influential scholars of early Islamic history casts entirely new light on the nature of religion in pre-Islamic Iran, and on the persistence of Iranian religious beliefs both outside and inside Islam after the Arab conquest.

'What needs to be stressed about The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran is that it is a book of rare intellectual courage. It is written in such a way that we are left in no doubt as to the momentous issues that were at stake in this procession of seemingly bizarre creeds and persons, in a land which, for most outsiders of the time (Arab Muslims quite as much as Byzantine Christians), was as distant and majestic as the face of the moon ... Patricia Crone's book has made this battle intelligible and vivid to us, and as real and urgent, in its wider implications, as if it had happened only yesterday.' Times Literary Supplement 'The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran is the story of an immense and mysterious landscape, intermittently rocked, throughout the late antique and early Islamic periods (effectively from around 250 to 850 AD), by detonations of religious fervor sparked by social unrest ... The thrill of this book is that it brings the Iranian world into the mainstream of late antique history. Iran is seen as yet another participant in the religious and intellectual upheavals of the time.' The New York Review of Books

Introduction
The Revolts
The Jibal: Sunbadh, the Muslimiyya
Azerbaijan: Babak
Khurasan: Muhammira, Khidashiyya, Rawandiyya, Harithiyya
Sogdia and Turkestan: Ishaq
Sogdia: al-Muqanna and the Mubayyida
South-eastern Iran: Bihafaridh, Ustadh Sis, and Yusuf al-Barm
The nature of the revolts
The aftermath
The Religion
God, cosmology, and eschatology
Divine indwelling
Reincarnation
Ethos, organisation, overall character
Khurrami beliefs in pre-Islamic sources
Regional and official Zoroastrianism: doctrines
Regional and official Zoroastrianism on the ground
Women and Property
'Wife-sharing'
The Mazdakite utopia and after
Conclusion
Iranian religion versus Islam and inside it
Appendices
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ISBN: 9781107018792
ISBN-10: 110701879X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 586
Published: 28th June 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 17.0  x 4.5
Weight (kg): 0.93