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LINGUIST List 23.5213

Wed Dec 12 2012

Books: Pahlavi Texts: West (Ed, Trans)

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Date: 03-Dec-2012
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Pahlavi Texts: West (Ed, Trans)
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Title: Pahlavi Texts
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Editor: Edward William West

Paperback: ISBN: 9781108054300 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 29.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108054300 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 46.00


Please note: This is the second volume of a five-volume set.

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. His
writings and editions are still referenced today in Indo-Iranian studies.
Volume 2 contains the ninth-century Dâdistân-î Dînîk and Epistles of
Mânûskîhar. The former are religious judgments or decisions given by
Mânûskîhar, a high priest of Iran, in answer to ninety-two queries put to him
by fellow Zoroastrians. Along with the Epistles, relating to complaints made
to Mânûskîhar about his brother Zâd-sparam, these texts give the reader an
insight into the Zoroastrianism of the period, its tenets, and its
relationship with the developing Islamic faith.

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.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Pahlavi (pal)

Written In: English (eng)

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