DOI : 10.3406/asie.1999.1157 This is an English version of a paper read (in French) at the international conference "La Sérinde terre d'échanges, art, religion, commerce, du premier au dixième siècle," organized by École du Louvre, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Musée Guimet, CNRS and École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, February 13- 15, 1996.
Iran has long fought against items, such as Barbie toys, to defuse Western influence, but this appears to be the first time that Iranian authorities are showing an opposition to symbols from the East.
This paper was published in English ("The Sabao MV.
Centenaire de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, sous la direction de Jean-Pierre Drège . On the sabao, a more detailed communication was read at the international conference "The Silk Road of Sanzo-Hoshi, Xuanzhuang" ("Sanzô hôshi Genjô no Shirukurôdo" ^M&U • ^y)^n- K), at Nara, December 5-7, 1997.
Unanimity was never attained, and the Buddhist community divided into increasingly more numerous sects.
That Buddhism did not remain a minor sect despite these internal dissensions may be due largely to the patronage extended to the religion by the famous Indian emperor Aśoka, who acceded to the throne in about 268 b.c.
They are mostly inscribed in the local Prākrits; using Brāhmī script, although in the northwest the Kharoṣṭhī script, derived from Aramaic writing, was used for two of his edicts.
This Parthian prince was very keen to learn the language and religious books of other nations and after the death of his father, depressed with the life of mortals in a passing world, bestowed the crown to his uncle and sought seclusion and mental contemplation. he arrived in Luing, the capital of China, and preached the Buddhism religion until 170 A. During this time he wrote a book on Buddhism principles and translated the sacred Buddhism books into Chinese language.
Under the constitution, Christian and Jewish beliefs as well as Zoroastrianism are recognized beside Islam, the official religion of the country.
The law, however, says that, in general, the rights of all non-Muslims should be observed.
” The message was an excerpt from an interview with Aslan, by then already a well-known commentator on religion, in which he was asked about the role that scholars should play in informing public debates about the Islamic world.
“You can’t be trained to speak to the media in a weekend seminar before going on Anderson Cooper,” he said.
In 2010, several statues depicted prominent Iranians, disappeared from Tehran city’s streets and squares.