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LINGUIST List 23.5216

Wed Dec 12 2012

Books: Pahlavi Texts: West (Ed, Trans)

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

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
http://us.cambridge.org

Editor: Edward William West

Paperback: ISBN: 9781108054294 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 29.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108054294 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 46.00


Abstract:

Please Note: This is the first 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,
cementing his reputation for pioneering scholarship. His writings and editions
are still referenced today in Indo-Iranian studies. Volume 1 includes the
Bundahis (Zoroastrian traditions about the creation of the world), the Bahman
Yast (a prophetic text detailing thousands of years of history, including the
downfall and rebirth of Zoroastrianism) and the Shayâst Lâ-Shâyast (detailing
ritual impurity and sin, and purification rituals, such as those used for dead
bodies). In his introduction, West compares these texts to the biblical books
of Genesis, Revelation, and Leviticus.

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
Index
Errata
Transliteration of oriental alphabets.


Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Pahlavi (pal)


Written In: English (eng)

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