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In Our Time
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Thursday 9.00-9.45am
repeated 9.30pm
The big ideas which form the intellectual agenda of our age are illuminated by some of the best minds. Melvyn Bragg and three guests investigate the history of ideas and debate their application in modern life.
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Thursday 11 November 2004
Zoroastrianism
ZOROASTRIANISM

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"Now have I seen him with my own eyes, knowing him in truth to be the wise Lord of the good mind and of good deeds and words." Thus spake the real Zarathustra, the prophet and founder of the ancient and modern religion of Zoroastrianism. It has claims to be the world's first monotheistic creed and perhaps as long ago as 1200 BC Zarathustra also said, "I point out the way, it is the truth, it is for all living". Truth is a central tenet of the religion which holds that people must above all do good things, hear good things and see good things.

How was the religion established in Ancient Persia, what is its body of beliefs and how have they been developed and disseminated?

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Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, Curator of Ancient Iranian Coins in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum

Farrokh Vajifdar, Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a life-long student of Zoroastrianism

Alan Williams, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Religion at the University of Manchester

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