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Author Williams, Alan, 1953-

Title The Zoroastrian myth of migration from Iran and settlement in the Indian diaspora : text, translation and analysis of the 16th century Qeṣṣe-ye Sanjān 'The story of Sanjan' / by Alan Williams
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2009


Description 1 online resource (xii, 250 pages) : facsimiles
Series Numen book series. Studies in the history of religions, 0169-8834 ; v. 124. Texts and sources in the history of religions
Studies in the history of religions ; 124.
Studies in the history of religions. Texts and sources in the history of religions.
Contents Introduction -- The narrative of journey : synopsis and structure -- Transcription and translation -- Commentary -- A mirror or a clock? : considering history and the myth-story -- Conclusion -- Appendix : the sixteen Sanskrit ślokas of Ākā Adhyāru
Summary The Qesse-ye Sanjān is the sole surviving account of the emigration of Zoroastrians from Iran to India to form the Parsi ('Persian') community. Written in Persian couplets in India in 1599 by a Zoroastrian priest, it is a work many know of, but few have actually read, let alone studied in depth. This book provides a romanised transcription from the oldest manuscripts, an elegant metrical translation, detailed commentary and, most importantly, a radical new theory of how such a text should be "read", id est not as a historical chronical but as a charter of Zoroastrian identity, foundation myth and justification of the Parsi presence in India. The book fills a lacuna that has been acutely felt for a long time
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-242) and indexes
Notes Text in English and Persian (romanized)
Print version record
Subject Kayqubād, Bahman. Qiṣṣah-i Sanjan
SUBJECT Kaikobad, Bahman. Kisseh-i Sanjan. swd
Subject Parsees -- History
Parsees -- Migrations
RELIGION -- Zoroastrianism.
Diaspora Religion
Zoroastrisme -- Migrations de peuples.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
Author Kayqubād, Bahman. Qiṣṣah-i Sanjan. English
LC no. 2009027840
ISBN 9789047430421