Lecture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Muslims in Late Antiquity

Dear Colleagues,
It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the lecture of Professor Richard Payne entitled:

Christians, Zoroastrians, and Muslims in Late Antiquity

to be held in room 9-3042, Engelska parken, Uppsala University, on November 21, at 10:00-12.00 am.

Richard Payne is Professor in history at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He is a historian of the Iranian world in late antiquity, ca. 200–800 CE. His research focuses primarily on the dynamics of Iranian imperialism, specifically how the Iranian (or Sasanian) Empire successfully integrated socially, culturally, and geographically disparate populations from Arabia to Afghanistan into enduring political networks and institutions.

The seminar is based on his recent book, A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity (2015), which explores the problem of religious diversity within the empire, showing how Syriac-writing Christians could create a place for themselves in a political culture not of their own making. He is currently at work on the role of Zoroastrian religious institutions and the intersection of ideological and material dimensions in Iranian history.

For more information, please contact Professor Carina Jahani.