|C. Alex Alexander'|
*Refreshingly original Perspective of Dharmic Faiths * *by C. Alex Alexander* I agree with the first two positive reviews of Rajiv Malhotra'
Yogesh asks if Zoroastrianism can be considered a dharmic faith.
Rajiv: Frankly, I have not examined it enough to be sure.
My hunch is that it served as the bridge from which dharma got exported to the Middle East during the Persian Empire, and there it gradually turned into the Abrahamic Monotheism.
Every time you hear that Monotheism started with Judaism, you must challenge it with the established fact that Zoroastrianism had this notion developed earlier, and that Persians (Zoroastrians at that time) were very influential in the Middle East. You dont need to go beyond just this claim, i.e. avoid claiming Vedic influences on Zoroastrianism. This is enough to checkmate the chauvinism of Monotheism. Once the "chosen people of Monotheism" is debunked with the
example of Zoroastrianism, you can then take the conversation further.