Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms
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The Middle East has long sheltered many strange and distinctive faiths, the last vestiges of the magnificent civilizations of antiquity: Persia, Babylon, and the Egypt of the pharaohs. Former diplomat Gerard Russell ventures to remote regions where these mysterious religions cling on, living alongside Mandaeans, Yazidis, Zoroastrians and Copts, now under threat from militant Islam. Drawing on extensive research and intrepid travel, this book provides a vital record of the past, present and perilous future of these remarkable religions.