Lecture Series – Albert de Jong (5/30/2018)
The Study of Zoroastrianism and the Academic Study of Religion
Albert de Jong (University of Leiden / Getty Villa Scholar)
Even though the study of Zoroastrianism was an important subject in the early years of the History of Religions as a new discipline, it has slowly faded out of the conscience of all but a handful of specialists. This has been neither good for the study of Zoroastrianism, nor for the academic study of religion in general. This lecture will attempt to reconstruct what happened and sketch a way towards a better future for both fields.