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Dabistān-i madhāhib
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The Dabistān-i madhāhib (“School of religions”) is an encyclopaedic work in Persian, which was composed anonymously in mid-eleventh/seventeenth-century India. It describes and classifies various world religions—Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity—and several related sects and esoteric groups active in early modern India, Iran, and Central Asia. Combining extensive textual knowledge, oral reports, and personal observations of the author, the Dabistān opens a unique window on the religious climate of the time.

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Moin, A. Azfar, “Dabistān-i madhāhib”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_25769>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004252653, 2013, 2013-1



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