Over a decade ago, I read a small encyclopedia stub about Zoroastrianism. It seemed quite off that the first monotheistic religion, one that has had such a profound affect on other religions and ethical practices around the globe, would now be in jeopardy.
This book does much to explain the history of the religion in the first four chapters, before moving onto the specifics of religious practices and how the faithful interact with other cultures. Lastly, it discusses the pressures of the modern world upon the dispersed followers upon marriage and religious practice, whilst a the same time holding to the most important ideals of “…good thoughts, good words, and good deeds…”
Regardless of what a reader may believe, this book does a great job of showing the beauty and difficulties of this fascinating faith. Hartz shows her academic cred by putting together this wonderful book covering the basics of the faith, showing great respect for a people that have such a rich history.