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Zoroastrianism and Islam

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The Oxford Dictionary of Islam What is This? Covers the religious, political, and social spheres of global Islam in the modern world

    Zoroastrianism and Islam

    The state religion of pre-Islamic Persia. Not mentioned in the Quran. Islam shares Zoroastrianism's ethical monotheism based on a supreme, transcendent creator who will administer a final judgment and who governs an afterlife of heaven and hell. Zoroastrians were therefore legally tolerated after the seventh-century Muslim conquest of Persia. Nevertheless, Zoroastrians suffered persistent persecution in Iran, so the contemporary Parsi (Persian) community of India, founded by tenth-century refugees, far outnumbers the Zoroastrian population of its homeland, where discrimination occurs despite constitutional protection.

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