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A Century of Zoroastrian Associations in Britain (1860s-1960s)

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/9780198261933.003.0004
A Century of Zoroastrian Associations in Britain (1860s-1960s)

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This chapter examines how the Zoroastrians fared in western society. Although the size and a number of associations have increased since the 1861 conception of the Zoroastrian Organization, several of the original concerns have been achieved and preserved, notably the burial ground, charitable work, and a permanent religious centre. An international perspective has been expanded with the work of the World Zoroastrian Organization (WZO). The nature of the Zoroastrian Association changed from that of an informal burial club, to a group seeking high social status, to a larger and more religiously conscious body. Meanwhile, the importance of religion among diaspora communities has been generally neglected in the studies on ethnic minorities in Britain.

Keywords: London Association; Parsi social union; Broacha House; London; Zoroastrian house; World Zoroastrian Organization

Chapter.  18630 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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