The Sih-Rozag in Zoroastrianism: A Textual and Historico-Religious Analysis, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

The Sih-Rozag in Zoroastrianism

A Textual and Historico-Religious Analysis, 1st Edition

By Enrico Raffaelli


368 pages

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Focusing on the Avestan and Pahlavi versions of the Sīh-rōzag, a text worshipping Zoroastrian divine entities, this book explores the spiritual principles and physical realities associated with them.

Introducing the book is an overview of the structural, linguistic and historico-religious elements of the Avestan Sīh-rōzag. This overview, as well as reconstructing its approximate chronology, helps in understanding the original ritual function of the text and its relationship to the other Avestan texts.The book then studies the translation of the text in the Middle Persian language, Pahlavi, which was produced several centuries after its initial composition, when Avestan was no longer understood by the majority of the Zoroastrian community.

Addressing the lacuna in literature examining an erstwhile neglected Zoroastrian text, The Sih-Rozag in Zoroastrianism includes a detailed commentary and an English translation of both the Avestan and Pahlavi version of the Sīh-rōzag and will be of interest to researchers and scholars of Iranian Studies, Religion, and History.


"It is indeed a fine philological inquiry and should become a standard reference work on that Avestan text among scholars of Iranian languages and of the textual tradition of Zoroastrianism"

Prof Jamsheed K Chosky, Indiana University, Fezana Journal

Table of Contents

1 General notes on the Sih-Rozag 2 The Manuscript Tradition 3 Edition and Translation 4 Commentary

About the Author

Enrico G. Raffaelli is Professor of theHistory of Zoroastrianism at the University of Toronto. His research concentrates on the pre-Islamic phase of the Zoroastrian religion, with a particular focus on the study of the Avestan and Middle Persian literature.

About the Series

Iranian Studies

Since 1967 the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) has been a leading learned society for the advancement of new approaches in the study of Iranian society, history, culture, and literature. The new ISIS Iranian Studies series published by Routledge will provide a venue for the publication of original and innovative scholarly works in all areas of Iranian and Persianate Studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Zoroastrianism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies