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Pourdavoud Lecture Series: Christian Sahner

314 Royce Hall 10745 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

How Zoroastrians Argued with Muslims in the Early Islamic Period This lecture will explore the early conflict between Zoroastrians and Muslims by examining the most important polemical treatise in the Zoroastrian tradition, the Škand Gumānīg-Wizār (“The Doubt-Dispelling Disquisition”), written by the ninth/tenth century theologian and philosopher Mardānfarrox son of Ohrmazddād. A sophisticated work of rationalist theology,...

Pourdavoud Lecture Series: Wu Xin

306 Royce Hall 10745 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Regal Metamorphosis: A Transcultural Journey of the Achaemenid Royal Women to the East   Xiwangmu, also known as the Queen of the West, is a significant deity in ancient Chinese mythology, revered initially as the protector of departed souls. Her representation emerged during the late Western Han period around the 1st century BCE. Scholars have...