Susan Maneck, “Time and the Containment of Evil: The Zoroastrian Cosmology”

Sunday, August 20, 2017, 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. Western European time)

Zoroastrian fire symbol

Zoroastrian fire symbol

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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 issue of time and the end of time.

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Susan ManeckDr. Susan Maneck is an Associate Professor in the History and Philosophy Department at Jackson State University 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 Baha’i and Zoroastrian history and published numerous articles in Baha’i journals and in volumes from a number of presses, including SUNY Press, Kalimat Press, Oxford University Press and Brill Press. She has also published a book on the history of the Parsis entitled The Death of Ahriman.

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