Early Zoroastrian Arrivals in Britain

John R. Hinnells

in Zoroastrians in Britain

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198261933
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682247 | DOI:
Early Zoroastrian Arrivals in Britain

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This chapter suggests that there are probably no other religious or ethnic minority groups which have migrated from Asia to Britain and which have had such a close network of both business and intellectual contacts with the British prior to the period of settlement as the Zoroastrians. This chapter deals with three aspects of that early period of settlement before the Second World War, prior to the arrival of the majority of Zoroastrians. During that period, the arrivals were all from India. The first section discusses the earliest recorded arrivals. The second section examines the literature of the early travelers in their own community in Bombay, which may have affected the Indian community's perceptions of life in Britain. The third section considers the literature produced by the early Zoroastrians in Britain for the British in order to condition the British perception of their small community.

Keywords: Parsi travelers' diaries; Zoroastrian literature; earliest arrivals; India; Bombay; literature

Chapter.  12416 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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