Zoroastrians in Britain: The Ratanbai Katrak Lectures: University of Oxford 1985

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byJohn R. Hinnells

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Zoroastrianism is the religion of ancient Iran, dating back over a thousand years before the time of Christ. It is also the religion of Britain's oldest South Asian minority, with a history going back to 1724, From the contribution to the Zoroastrian MPs Naoroji and Bhownagree in thenineteenth century to the transmission of their heritage and concerns in the 1990s, this is the first complete study of the community. With the largest Zoroastrian population outside the `old countries' living in London, the British community has played an important part in the modern history ofZoroastrianism. They furnish a unique opportunity to trace the history and experience of an Asian community in the West for well over a hundred years, with a wide variety of members from rural and urban India, Pakistan, East Africa, as well as the original homeland, Iran, and a substantialproportion of Zoroastrians who are British-born. The book is based on an extensive study of archival sources, a large survey questionnaire, a programme of structured interviews, and over twenty years of the author's personal contact with the community. The book includes discussion of many importantcontemporary issues, such as racial prejudice, gender issues, generational differences, attitudes towards British society and to the `old country'--and argues that religion is an increasingly important concern among British South Asian minorities.

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Zoroastrianism is the religion of ancient Iran, dating back over a thousand years before the time of Christ. It is also the religion of Britain's oldest South Asian minority, with a history going back to 1724. From the contribution of the Zoroastrian MPs Naoroji and Bhownagree in the nineteenth century to the transmission of their heri...

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Zoroastrianism is the religion of ancient Iran, dating back over a thousand years before the time of Christ. It is also the religion of Britain's oldest South Asian minority, with a history going back to 1724, From the contribution to the Zoroastrian MPs Naoroji and Bhownagree in thenineteenth century to the transmission of their herit...

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This book includes discussion of many important contemporary issues, such as racial prejudice, gender issues, generational differences, attitudes both to British society and to the 'old country'- and argues that religion is an increasingly important concern among British South Asian minorities.

John R. Hinnells is at School of Oriental and African Studies.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198261934

ISBN - 13:9780198261933

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Zoroastrianism is the religion of ancient Iran, dating back over a thousand years before the time of Christ. It is also the religion of Britain's oldest South Asian minority, with a history going back to 1724. From the contribution of the Zoroastrian MPs Naoroji and Bhownagree in the nineteenth century to the transmission of their heritage and concerns today, this is the first complete study of the community right up to the 1990s. With the largest Zoroastrian population outside the 'old countries' living in London, the British community has played an important part in the modern history of Zoroastrianism. They furnish a unique opportunity to trace the history and experience of an Asian community in the West for well over a hundred years, with a wide variety of members from rural and urban India, Pakistan, East Africa, as well as the original homeland, Iran, and a substantial proportion of Zoroastrians who are British-born. The book is based on extensive study of archival sources, a large survey questionnaire, a programme of structured interviews, and over twenty y

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`'...The author's affection for the Zoroastrian religion in general and the British community in particular, is clear to the reader from the outset; here, we have a labour of love, of which this volume is only the first fruit...His enthusiasm for the religion is infectious and his briefoverview of Zoroastrian history from 1200 BCE to the present in a few pages leaves one breathless...Hinnells is adept at making what might have been a rather parochial history into an absorbing account of the politics of survival...''aland Williams, Dept Religions and Theology, Univ Manchester, Jnl Contemporary Religion