Spirituality in the Land of the Noble, by Dr. Richard C. Foltz, is an excellent introduction into the incredibly rich history of religion and spirituality in the region now known as Iran.
When the book was first published back in 2004, Dr. Foltz was an Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Florida; he is currently Professor of Iranian Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. His Ph.D is in Middle Eastern History, from Harvard University. As for his own personal faith, he states that he is an, "erstwhile Calvinist", but does not go into any detail beyond that. (p. xiii).
The Amazon book description follows:
This is the first book to tell the story of Iran's shaping and transmitting of the world's religions, starting with the Iranian merchants and missionaries who brought, not only Islam, but also Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism to China. (LINK)
The book contains the following chapters:
THE ORIGINS OF IRANIAN RELIGION - pp. 1-16
ZOROASTRIANISM - pp. 17-41
JUDIASM - pp. 43-60
BUDDHISM - pp. 61-75
CHRISTIANITY - pp. 77-95
GNOSTIC TRADITIONS - pp. 97-114
ISLAM - pp. 115-140
THE BABI MOVEMENT AND THE BAHA'I FAITH - pp. 141-155
RELIGIONS IN IRAN TODAY - pp. 157-173
A competent review is available HERE.
As for myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It is concise, very well written, and should appeal to a wide range of audiences. Dr. Foltz is one of those rare authors who is able to communicate a good deal of depth into a relatively short tome (204 pages).
Sincerely hope a few readers will take the time to read this contribution, and then share their thoughts with me.
Grace and peace,