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The Widēwdād is one of the most important texts in Zoroastrian literature, relating to the realms of impurity, purity, and sin. It represents some of the most significant intellectual and legal developments that seems to have been taken place during the Sasanian period. The regulations concerning purity and pollution may have arisen over many centuries and may have had different functions within the society at different times. Its study is crucial to determining the extent to which Jewish and Muslim purity rules were influenced by Iranian models. The ritual laws are important elements in understanding different cultures and religions. Zoroastrians both in Iran and in India kept their social and religious identity by maintaining their elaborate rituals of purity, from which outsiders were firmly excluded. Recent developments in the field of Irano-Talmudic studies have generated important results for the contextualized study of the Rabbinic and Zoroastrian literary corpora.

Keywords: Iran; Rabbinic; Sasanian; Widēwdād; Zoroastrian



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