The Teachings of Zoroaster and the Philosophy of the Parsi Religion is an overview of Zoroastrianism written by S.A. Kapadia. This guide is intended as an introduction to the religion to those unfamiliar with the teachings of Zoroaster and the beliefs of the Parsi.
Kapadia's book is primarily intended for Western readers with little to no knowledge of Zoroastrianism. The book begins with an introduction to the Parsi people, and a brief discussion of their religious belief prior to the rise of Zoroastrianism. From there, the book progress to discuss Zoroaster, the founder of the religion and a man believed to have been born in what is now Iran. Kapadia then spends the remainder of the text providing the reader with an overview of the core beliefs and values of Zoroastrianism, from hygienic laws, to the sanctity of marriage, to the immortality of the soul.
The Teachings of Zoroaster and the Philosophy of the Parsi Religion achieves its goal of introducing the reader to this religion. One who opens this book with little or no knowledge of the religion will surely close the back cover feeling they have gained a good deal of insight. Kapadia's interpretations of Zoroaster's teachings are clear and presented in basic language, and thus this is a text that could well be used in an educational setting to teach students about one of the world's religions.
As an introduction to the religion, The Teachings of Zoroaster and the Philosophy of the Parsi Religion is a success, Kapadia's book providing a worthy overview of Zoroastrianism. For those interested in learning about the religion, or for teachers instructing a course on spirituality around the world, this book is recommended.