Into the Garden of Good and Evil
- Muhammad Iqbal's "THE DEVELOPMENT OF METAPHYSICS IN PERSIA" (first published in 1908 and free online courtesy the Bahai's): "The most remarkable feature of the character of the Persian people is their love of Metaphysical speculation."
Strong, bipolar Good vs. Evil distinctions, and the notion of a cosmic struggle between the two, seem to have originated in ancient Persia as Persian Dualism. See Manicheanism here
(warning-spurious windows), and here
. Special bonus - Freepers fulminate
over a German theologian's exegesis of Manichean american political rhetoric!
posted by troutfishing
on Feb 21, 2003 -