A State of Mixture Hardback

Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity

by Richard E. Payne

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A State of Mixture

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"A State of Mixture seeks to resolve the paradox of how East Syrian Christian communities flourished in a Zoroastrian political system, the Iranian Empire. If previous studies have regarded Christians as marginal, insular, and often persecuted, the present book demonstrates their integration into elite networks, adoption of Iranian political practices and imaginaries, and participation in imperial institutions. The rise of Christianity in Iran depended on the Zoroastrian theory and practice of hierarchical, differentiated inclusion, according to which Christians, Jews, and others occupied legitimate places in Iranian political culture in positions subordinate to the imperial religion. Christians, for their part, positioned themselves in a political culture not of their own making with recourse to their own ideological and institutional resources, ranging from the writing of saints' lives to the judicial arbitration of bishops. In placing the social history of East Syrian Christians at the center of the Iranian imperial story, A State of Mixture helps to explain the endurance of a culturally diverse empire across four centuries"--Provided by publisher.

A State of Mixture by Richard E. Payne was published by University of California Press in September 2015. The ISBN for A State of Mixture is 9780520286191.

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Details for A State of Mixture

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherUniversity of California Press (September 2015)
Number of Pages320
Thickness25 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4332856
Page last updated 15th September 2018
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