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By Richard E. Payne

Christian groups flourished in the course of past due antiquity in a Zoroastrian political process, referred to as the Iranian Empire, that built-in culturally and geographically disparate territories from Arabia to Afghanistan into its associations and networks. while earlier experiences have appeared Christians as marginal, insular, and sometimes persecuted individuals during this empire, Richard Payne demonstrates their integration into elite networks, adoption of Iranian political practices and imaginaries, and participation in imperial institutions.

 The upward thrust of Christianity in Iran relied on the Zoroastrian conception and perform of hierarchical, differentiated inclusion, in line with which Christians, Jews, and others occupied valid locations in Iranian political tradition in positions subordinate to the imperial faith. Christians, for his or her half, situated themselves in a political tradition no longer in their personal making, with recourse to their very own ideological and institutional assets, starting from the writing of saints’ lives to the judicial arbitration of bishops. In putting the social historical past of East Syrian Christians on the heart of the Iranian imperial tale, A nation of Mixture is helping clarify the persistence of a culturally assorted empire throughout 4 centuries.
 

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