Jason Reza Jorjani is a philosopher and faculty member at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is author of Prometheus and Atlas.
Here he discusses the influence of pre-Islamic, Zoroastrian culture on the society within Iran following the Arab conquest. He notes that Islamic Sufism borrowed heavily from an esoteric strain of Zoroastrianism known as Mazdakism. He also maintains that the Arabic preservation of ancient Greek texts was largely done through the auspices of Persian scholars. These texts eventually were instrumental in the vast flowering of European culture known as the Renaissance. Today, within Iran, there exists a movement known as the Iranian Renaissance. Millions of young Iranians are wearing Zoroastrian symbols and are endeavoring to learn about the ancient, Persian past. Much of the inspiration for this movement comes from a text known as the Shahnameh or Persian Book of Kings.
Many viewers will know that Jason Reza Jorjani has suffered from libel and persecution as a result of his, generally misunderstood, political views. He is a brilliant scholar who has now been unfairly disgraced and is forced to fight a legal battle, while continuing his research and writing, without any regular employment. Therefore we have set up this “Go Fund Me” page in order to assist this worthy individual. Please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-fund-jason-reza-jorjani039s-next-project and contribute generously.
(Recorded on June 26, 2016)
Published on October 29, 2016