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

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

By: Patricia Crone (author)Hardback

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Patricia Crone's 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.

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Patricia Crone is Mellon Professor of Islamic History, School of Historical Studies, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton. Her numerous publications include Slaves on Horses: The Evolution of the Islamic Polity (1980, 2003), God's Caliph: Religious Authority in the First Centuries of Islam, coauthored with Martin Hinds (1986, 2003), Pre-Industrial Societies: Anatomy of the Pre-Modern World (1989, 2003) and God's Rule: Government and Islam: Six Centuries of Medieval Islamic Political Thought (2005).


1. Introduction; Part I. The Revolts: 2. The Jibal: Sunbadh, the Muslimiyya; 3. Azerbaijan: Babak; 4. Khurasan: Muhammira, Khidashiyya, Rawandiyya, Harithiyya; 5. Sogdia and Turkestan: Ishaq; 6. Sogdia: al-Muqanna and the Mubayyida; 7. South-eastern Iran: Bihafaridh, Ustadh Sis, and Yusuf al-Barm; 8. The nature of the revolts; 9. The aftermath; Part II. The Religion: 10. God, cosmology, and eschatology; 11. Divine indwelling; 12. Reincarnation; 13. Ethos, organisation, overall character; 14. Khurrami beliefs in pre-Islamic sources; 15. Regional and official Zoroastrianism: doctrines; 16. Regional and official Zoroastrianism on the ground; Part III. Women and Property: 17. 'Wife-sharing'; 18. The Mazdakite utopia and after; Part IV. Conclusion: 19. Iranian religion versus Islam and inside it; Appendices.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/06/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781107018792
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 586
  • ID: 9781107018792
  • weight: 950
  • ISBN10: 110701879X

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