The Wilmette Institute’s August Web Talk will feature Wilmette Institute faculty Susan Maneck discussing the fascinating topic “Time and the Containment of Evil: The Zoroastrian Cosmology.” The talk on August 20 will begin at 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT, 8 p.m. Western European Time). To sign up for the talk, use this GoToWebinar registration link. The Web Talk will also be available on Facebook and YouTube without signing up. The talk and the questions and answers following the talk will be available on the Wilmette Institute YouTube channel some twenty-four hours after the live presentation.
Zoroastrianism may well be the oldest religion within the Irano-Semitic family. Dr. Susan Maneck argues that this religion sets the pattern that the Abrahamic religions later followed. She will examine, first, the circumstances under which Zoroastrianism arose and how it came to take the form it did. She will also discuss the dimensions of Zoroastrianism that become paradigmatic for the entire tradition. She will particularly focus on the moral dimensions of Zoroastrianism related to the issues of time and the end of time.
Dr. Susan Maneck has been faculty for the Wilmette Institute for a number of years, teaching courses on Zoroastrianism for Deepening and Dialogue, Islam for Deepening and Dialogue, The Tabernacle of Unity, Bahá’u’lláh’s Early Mystic Writings, and Exploring the Qur’an.
She is an Associate Professor in the History and Philosophy Department at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, where she teaches courses in the Middle East and South Asian history, world civilization, and comparative religion. She received her Master’s degree in Oriental Studies and her PhD in Asian and European History from the University of Arizona. She has conducted extensive research on Bahá’í and Zoroastrian history and published numerous articles in Bahá’í journals and in volumes from a number of presses, including SUNY Press, Kalimát Press, Oxford University Press, and Brill Press. She has also published a book on the history of the Parsis entitled The Death of Ahriman.