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Introduction

John R. Hinnells

in Zoroastrians in Britain

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198261933
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682247 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261933.003.0001
Introduction

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The Zoroastrian community is the oldest of the Asian communities in the United Kingdom. The first travelers came in the 18th century and the formal Association was established in 1861. This community has a longer trajectory of settlement than any other Asian group in Britain. This chapter provides a brief overview of Zoroastrian history and teaching, and situates the story of Zoroastrian migration to Britain in the context of other groups who came from Asia in the 20th century, the laws which governed that entry, and their experiences within Britain. The last section of this chapter clarifies some questions regarding terminologies.

Keywords: South Asians; Britain; Zoroastrian history; Zoroastrianism; terminology

Chapter.  19122 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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