Israel’s Strategic Dilemma vis-a-vis Core Median Jewry

Prior to the historical rediscovery of core Median Jewry were the remnants of Median Judaism around the world viewed with certain scepticism by official Israel. Scholars have even in recent years begun to claim that similarities with rabbinic Judaism are pure coincidence.  However, the rediscovery of core Median Jewry and the seven denominations of coreContinue reading “Israel’s Strategic Dilemma vis-a-vis Core Median Jewry”

How Official Israeli Recognition Will Affect the Situation of Median Jews

Median Jews in the Middle East currently lead precarious and often oppressed lives. In Iran are all Median Jews with the exception of the Zoroastrians denied basic freedom of religion. Article 13 of the Iranian constitution recognizes Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Zoroastrianism but no other forms of religion. Alevism, Bektashism, Mandaeism, Yarsanism and Yezidism, allContinue reading “How Official Israeli Recognition Will Affect the Situation of Median Jews”

The Zoroastrians are Jewish

Zoroastrianism is a form of Median Judaism. It is not part of core Median Judaism but as other forms of “secondary” Median Judaism is Zoroastrianism derived from core Median Judaism. Zoroastrianism has Kohanim but no Levites. Like other forms of Median Judaism beyond core Median Judaism is it highly syncretic. While it could be arguedContinue reading “The Zoroastrians are Jewish”

Are Zoroastrians Jewish?

Zoroastrianism emerged from Median Judaism and is documented from the 5th century BCE as Zoroastrianism turned into religious imperialism. Zoroastrians have a Kohanite priestly caste but for some reason no Levite priestly tribe. This raises the question as to whether the Zoroastrians are Jewish? Is it a form of Median Judaism? Do they have secretContinue reading “Are Zoroastrians Jewish?”

Median Jews are not Muslims

Islam is a religion with four branches, Sunni, Shia, Ibadi (in Oman) and Mutazili. There are four surviving schools (Arabic: madhhab) within Sunni Islamic jurisprudence (Arabic: fiqh). These are Hanafi, Hanbali, Maliki and Shafi’i. In addition are there the heterodox Sunni Ahmadiyya who believe that the expected Mahdi (messiah) has already arrived. Ahmadiyya are neverthelessContinue reading “Median Jews are not Muslims”