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Each of these had its own form of instruction, initiation and ritual, and each its hierarchy of teachers. Early Saljūq Islam was probably, then, of a popular kind likely Turkish rule in Persia 29 to be viewed with suspicion by the orthodox Sunnī ʿulamāʾ. It may have included elements that were closer to the traditional beliefs of the Central Asian steppe than to “official” Islam; though it is noticeable that when the Saljūqs had established themselves in Persia and Iraq, the Islam they supported was of a very orthodox Sunnī type.
We should, however, remember that our sources were written by Persian contemporaries, who might have been unlikely to lay much stress on the non-Persian (and ultimately non-Islamic) elements that may have been present. It was under Maḥmūd that Firdawsī wrote the Shāh-nāma, which epitomized the “Persian” character of the Persian tradition (even in Ghazna, on the borders of India) – though the story goes that Maḥmūd was a grudging patron. The Ghaznawid period also saw the writing of one of the finest of all Persian historical works, whether considered from a scholarly or a literary point of view: the Taʾr īkh of Bayhaqī.
The Zoroastrian pantheon found room for other divinities, notably Mithra and the water goddess Anahita. As well as officially enforced orthodoxy there was a variety of sects, such as those of Zurvan and, most interesting of all, Mazdak, whose ideas will be considered later. Sasanian Zoroastrianism even helped give rise to a new religion, Manichaeism. The faith preached by Mani, a native of Sasanian Mesopotamia, was a potent dualist amalgam of elements from Zoroastrianism and other religions, especially Christianity.
Advanced paper aircraft construction Mk III: 12 high performance models and why they fly by Campbell Morris