In Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms, former diplomat Gerard Russell ventures to the far-off, approximately impassable areas the place those mysterious religions nonetheless hang to survival. He lives along the Mandaeans and Ezidis of Iraq, the Zoroastrians of Iran, the Copts of Egypt, and others. He learns their histories, participates of their rituals, and springs to appreciate the threats to their groups. traditionally a tolerant religion, Islam has, because the early twentieth century, witnessed the increase of militant, extremist sects. This improvement, in addition to the rippling results of Western invasion, now pose existential threats to those minority faiths. And as a growing number of in their adolescence flee to the West looking for higher freedoms and activity customers, those religions face the dire chance of extinction.
Drawing on his huge travels and archival examine, Russell offers a vital list of the previous, current, and dangerous way forward for those outstanding religions.
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