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LINGUIST List 23.5212

Wed Dec 12 2012

Books: Pahlavi Texts 5 Volume Set: West

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Date: 03-Dec-2012
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Pahlavi Texts 5 Volume Set: West
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Title: Pahlavi Texts 5 Volume Set
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Edward William West

Paperback: ISBN: 9781108054287 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 131.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108054287 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 199.00


Published between 1880 and 1897 as part of Max Müller's Sacred Books of the
East series, this five-volume translation of Pahlavi texts was the work of
Edward William West (1824–1905). Largely self-taught, West developed his
knowledge of ancient oriental languages in India, where he worked as a civil
engineer. After returning to Europe, West focused on the study of sacred
Zoroastrian texts and prepared these translations of Pahlavi manuscripts,
cementing his reputation for pioneering scholarship. His writings and editions
are still referenced today in Indo-Iranian studies. Volume 1 includes the
Bundahis, the Bahman Yast, and the Shayâst Lâ-Shâyast. Volume 2 contains the
ninth-century Dâdistân-î Dînîk and Epistles of Mânûskîhar. Volume 3 contains
the Dînâ-î Maînôg-î Khirad, the Sikand-gûmânîk Vigâr, and the Sad Dar. The
Nasks are the focus of Volume 4. And Volume 5 contains translations of the
Dînkard (books 7 and 5) and Selections of Zâd-sparam.

Volume 1. Part I. Introduction:
1. The Parsi scriptures
2. The Pahlavi language and literature
3. The Bundahis
4. The selections of Zâd-sparam
5. The Bahman Yast
6. Shâyast lâ-Shâyast
7. Concluding remarks
Part II. The Translations:
1. Bundahis
2. Selections of Zâd-sparam
3. Bahman Yast
4. Shâyast lâ-Shâyast
Transliteration of oriental alphabets.

Volume 2. Part I. Introduction:
1. General remarks
2. The Dâdistân-î Dînîk
3. The epistles of Mânûskîhar
4. The appendix
Abbreviations used in this volume
Part II. Translations:
1. Dâdistân-î Dînîk
2. Epistles of Mânûskîhar
Transliteration of oriental alphabets.

Volume 3. Part I. Introduction:
1. The Dînâ-î Maînôg-î Khirad
2. The Sikand-Gûmânîk Vigâr
3. The Sad Dar
4. Abbreviations used in this volume
Part II. Translations:
1. Dînâ-î Maînôg-î Khirad
2. Sikand-Gûmânîk Vigâr
3. Sad Dar
Transliteration of oriental alphabets.

Volume 4. Introduction
Abbreviations used in this volume
1. Dînkard, Book VIII
2. Dînkard, Book IX
Details of the Nasks from other sources
Transliteration of oriental alphabets.

Volume 5. Introduction
Abbreviations used in this volume
1. Dînkard, Book VII
2. Dînkard, Book V
3. Selections of Zâd-sparam
Transliteration of oriental alphabets.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Pahlavi (pal)

Written In: English (eng)

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