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Zoroastrianism for Deepening and Dialogue

Religion, Theology & Philosophy
7 weeks
Weekly Study
Oct 6-Nov 23
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October 11, 2022

Zoroastrianism, an ancient religious tradition founded by Zoroaster, or Zarathustra, some 500 to 1,000 years before Christ, is the focus of this course. 

We will examine Zoroaster's life, what has survived of His words, His teachings, the subsequent developments of the Zoroastrian tradition, references to Zoroastrianism in the writings of Bahá'u'lláh and `Abdu'l-Bahá, and the relationship of Zoroastrianism to later religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the Bahá'í Faith). We will study Zoroaster and the divinely ordained religion He founded to deepen in the basics of Zoroastrianism and its relationship to the Bahá'í Faith and to prepare for dialogue with adherents of Zoroastrianism

Meet Your Faculty
Susan Maneck, PhD
WI Department Coordinator, Assoc Prof Jackson State University

Dr. 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... See Faculty Bio

Robert Stockman, ThD
WI Dean, Bahá’í History, Texts and Tenets

I have had a passion for researching and teaching about the Bahá’í Faith for more than half of my life. My fascination with American Bahá’í history and with the first American Bahá’í, Thornton Chase, caused me, in 1980, to switch my academic field from planetary science to history of religion... See Faculty Bio

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