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A Zoroastrian dispute in the Caliph’s court: the Gizistag Abāliš in its early Islamic context

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The Gizistag Abāliš is a ninth- or tenth-century Pahlavi text, recording a debate which took place at the court of al-Maʾmūn between a Zoroastrian priest and a heretical dualist. This article, the first in-depth study of this important work, examines the text in its broader Islamicate environment. It argues that the narrative itself is probably fictional, but reflects a real historical phenomenon, namely the interreligious debates which took place among Zoroastrians, Muslims, Christians, and ...

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Published
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10.1080/00210862.2019.1602470

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Oriental Studies Faculty
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0001-9563-7781
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
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Volume:
52
Issue:
1-2
Pages:
61-83
Publication date:
2019-05-13
Acceptance date:
2019-03-01
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EISSN:
1475-4819
ISSN:
0021-0862
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1003538
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pubs:1003538
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2020-06-12

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