This dynamic work sheds light on how the adoption of a foreign religious ideology, grafted onto an ancient civilization, reshaped a national identity, marginalizing the very 'roots' of the nation to craft a new collective character. The assimilation of two cultures, Arab and Persian, began to evolve and encompassed all aspects of the Iranian people. The conquest of Sasanian Iran by the Arabs, newly galvanized by Islam, brought to a close Zoroastrian Iran which would henceforth become an integral part of the Islamic world. This book examines the transformation of the country and its impact on the diminished Zoroastrian community; and investigates Zoroastrian-Muslim relations in Iran, from the early post-conquest era to the present time.
Sampling of Chapter Topics; 1. HISTORICAL TIMELINE /MAP: IRAN ISLAMIC ERA; 2. CHAPTER ONE; The Final Years of Sasanian Iran; Christian and Jewish Subjects of Sasanian Monarchs; 3. CHAPTER TWO; The Arab Military Conquest of Iran; Military Conquest and Consolidation of Arab Power; 4. CHAPTER THREE; Transition from the Umayyad to the Abbasid Caliphate; National iranian Dynasties; 5. CHAPTER FOUR; The Consolidation of Islamic Rule; Cultural Assimilation; 6. CHAPTER FIVE; From Zoroastrian to Muslim: The Conversion of Iran; 7. CHAPTER SIX; Contraction of the Zoroastrian Community; 8. CHAPTER SEVEN; Shia Islam: Redefining a National Identity; The Reshaping of Iran; 9. CHAPTER EIGHT; Systematic Persecution of the Zoroastrian Minority; And More Topics.