Under the Sassanids, Zoroastrian Iran developed what the Danish historian, Arthur Christensen
, has called "a magnificent edifice." Although not on a par with Greece or Rome, it had its centers of learning, including the famed university of Jundi Shapur, today's Ahwaz, where many Christian and Greek scientists came when Byzantium's policies discouraged learning.
Samra Azarnouche ("Le sejour de Jam en Enfer") adds additional texts to the large dossier found in the fundamental study of the Iranian material by Arthur Christensen
, Le premier homme et le premier roi dans l'histoire legendaire des Iraniens ([2.sup.emc] partie, Leiden 1934).
Of the Danes, Edward Said mentions only Holger Pedersen, who was engaged in a dispute with Ernest Renan, but in fact a number of these Danish orientalists received international recognition, among others Rasmus Rask, Arthur Christensen, Johannes Ostrup, Johannes Pedersen, Frants Buhl.
A third was Arthur Christensen, the son of a postman.
Arthur Christensen, who specialized in Persian culture, described how his passion for the Orient was aroused by reading The Thousand and One Nights and Illustreret Familie-Journal, the most popular family magazine in Denmark, published since 1877.
Senior vice president of sales and marketing Arthur Christensen
says that, although Safetex brought out a condom for women, its sales have been disappointing.
Pourshariati's theories demystify our long-standing beliefs, shaped, primarily, by the Danish scholar Arthur Christensen
's magnum opus seven decades ago, which portrayed the Sasanian polity as a highly centralized state in which the ruling monarch governed as the supreme figure of the Persian empire, with the help of an "orthodox" and dogmatic Zoroastrian clergy.