Add free shipping to your order with these great books
Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms - Gerard Russell

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms

By: Gerard Russell

Hardcover | 1 January 2015

Sorry, the book that you are looking for is not available right now.

We did a search for other books with a similar title, however there were no matches. You can try selecting from a similar category, click on the author's name, or use the search box above to find your book.

Despite its reputation for religious intolerance, the Middle East has long sheltered many distinctive and strange faiths: one regards the Greek prophets as incarnations of God, another reveres Lucifer in the form of a peacock, and yet another believes that their followers are reincarnated beings who have existed in various forms for thousands of years. These religions represent the last vestiges of the magnificent civilizations in ancient history: Persia, Babylon, Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs. Their followers have learned how to survive foreign attacks and the perils of assimilation. But today, with the Middle East in turmoil, they face greater challenges than ever before.

In Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms, former diplomat Gerard Russell ventures to the distant, nearly impassable regions where these mysterious religions still cling to survival. He lives alongside the Mandaeans and Ezidis of Iraq, the Zoroastrians of Iran, the Copts of Egypt, and others. He learns their histories, participates in their rituals, and comes to understand the threats to their communities. Historically a tolerant faith, Islam has, since the early 20th century, witnessed the rise of militant, extremist sects. This development, along with the rippling effects of Western invasion, now pose existential threats to these minority faiths. And as more and more of their youth flee to the West in search of greater freedoms and job prospects, these religions face the dire possibility of extinction.

Drawing on his extensive travels and research, Russell provides an essential record of the past, present, and perilous future of these remarkable religions.

Other Editions and Formats


Published: 10th September 2015

More in Travel & Holidays

Offbeat North America : Lonely Planet - Lonely Planet

RRP $64.99


Canada : Lonely Planet Travel Guide : 16th Edition - Lonely Planet Travel Guide
Switzerland : Lonely Planet Travel Guide : 11th Edition - Lonely Planet
The Netherlands : Lonely Planet Travel Guide : 1st Edition - Lonely Planet
Il Dolce Far Niente : The Italian Way of Summer - Lucy Laucht

RRP $70.00


Nortena : Authentic Family Recipes from Northern Mexico - Karla Zazueta
Atlantic Canada : Lonely Planet Travel Guide : 7th Edition - Lonely Planet
Ultimate Motorcycle Tours : Ultimate - Grant Roff

RRP $45.00


Experience France : Lonely Planet Travel Guide : 1st Edition - Lonely Planet
The Journals of Captain Cook : Penguin Classics - James Cook

RRP $27.99


How Cities Work : Lonely Planet Kids - Lonely Planet

RRP $24.99


Portugal Planning Map : Lonely Planet Travel Guide : 1st Edition - Lonely Planet Travel Guide
Vietnam Planning Map : Lonely Planet Travel Guide : 1st Edition - Lonely Planet Travel Guide
Collins Children's World Map : 2nd Edition - Collins Maps

RRP $12.99


Sri Lanka : Lonely Planet Travel Guide : 15th Edition - Lonely Planet Travel Guide
The Forever Dog - Karen Becker

RRP $34.99


India : Lonely Planet Travel Guide : 19th Edition - Lonely Planet Travel Guide

RRP $44.99


Best Day Walks Japan : Lonely Planet Travel Guide : 1st Edition - Lonely Planet Travel Guide