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B.A., Brigham Young University; M.A., UC Santa Barbara
Office: 3226 HSSB
Hours: By appointment
Advisor: Stephen Humphreys
My dissertation examines Muslim-Zoroastrian relations in Iran between the seventh and eleventh centuries A.D. It challenges the lachrymose narrative which blames Muslim persecution for the relative decline of Zoroastrianism as a world religion since that time. I first consider the practical implications of the Zoroastrians’ ambiguous status under Islamic law as well as a charter of religious freedom supposedly granted to them by the Prophet Muhammad. Then, incorporating insights from South Asian Studies, I reassess the scale and significance of religious violence between Muslims and Zoroastrians, including instances of fire temple desecration, the flight of Zoroastrians to India, and the destruction of the sacred Cypress of Zoroaster. I conclude by analyzing uses of the term "Zoroastrians" in Muslim rhetoric from Spain to India.