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British Zoroastrians Approaching the Third Millennium: The Community and the Religion

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/9780198261933.003.0006
British Zoroastrians Approaching the Third Millennium: The Community and the Religion

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This chapter examines how the diversity within the Zoroastrian community was reflected within its religious life as it approached the third millennium. It is based on three main resources: a survey questionnaire circulated in 1985; 232 in-depth interviews conducted by a research assistant, Dr. Rashna Writer, with some help from Ms. Shirin Patel in 1986–7; and close personal contact with London Zoroastrians for over twenty-three years. The general aim behind the survey and the interviews was to identify the patterns of community ties and religious practice among the following sections: youth compared with elders; male compared with female; different educational groups and others. For the great majority, religion is it not simply a question of beliefs and practices associated with God, but also encompasses community ties and individual identity. Two-thirds of respondents wanted to link religion and race.

Keywords: religion; intermarriage; British Zoroastrians; Rashna Writer; London Zoroastrians; gender issues; religious practice

Chapter.  19946 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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