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lundi, 05 décembre 2016

Iranian Renaissance with Jason Reza Jorjani

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Iranian Renaissance with Jason Reza Jorjani

Jason Reza Jorjani is a philosopher and faculty member at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is author of Prometheus and Atlas.

Here he discusses the influence of pre-Islamic, Zoroastrian culture on the society within Iran following the Arab conquest. He notes that Islamic Sufism borrowed heavily from an esoteric strain of Zoroastrianism known as Mazdakism. He also maintains that the Arabic preservation of ancient Greek texts was largely done through the auspices of Persian scholars. These texts eventually were instrumental in the vast flowering of European culture known as the Renaissance. Today, within Iran, there exists a movement known as the Iranian Renaissance. Millions of young Iranians are wearing Zoroastrian symbols and are endeavoring to learn about the ancient, Persian past. Much of the inspiration for this movement comes from a text known as the Shahnameh or Persian Book of Kings.

New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series.

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