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Books: Pahlavi Texts: West (Ed, Trans)

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Subject: Pahlavi Texts: West (Ed, Trans)
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Title: Pahlavi TextsPublication Year: 2012Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Editor: Edward William West

Paperback: ISBN: 9781108054300 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 29.99Paperback: 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 theEast series, this five-volume translation of Pahlavi texts was the work ofEdward William West (1824–1905). Largely self-taught, West developed hisknowledge of ancient oriental languages in India, where he worked as a civilengineer. After returning to Europe, West focused on the study of sacredZoroastrian texts and prepared these translations of Pahlavi manuscripts. Hiswritings and editions are still referenced today in Indo-Iranian studies.Volume 2 contains the ninth-century Dâdistân-î Dînîk and Epistles ofMânûskîhar. The former are religious judgments or decisions given byMânûskîhar, a high priest of Iran, in answer to ninety-two queries put to himby fellow Zoroastrians. Along with the Epistles, relating to complaints madeto Mânûskîhar about his brother Zâd-sparam, these texts give the reader aninsight into the Zoroastrianism of the period, its tenets, and itsrelationship with the developing Islamic faith.

Part I. Introduction:1. General remarks2. The Dâdistân-î Dînîk3. The epistles of Mânûskîhar4. The appendixAbbreviations used in this volumePart II. Translations:1. Dâdistân-î Dînîk2. Epistles of MânûskîharAppendixIndexCorrectionsTransliteration of oriental alphabets.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Pahlavi (pal)

Written In: English (eng)

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