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The Zoroastrian Diaspora

John R. Hinnells

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780198267591
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683329 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267591.001.0001
The Zoroastrian Diaspora

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What is the distinctive Zoroastrian experience, and what is the common diasporic experience? This book is the outcome of twenty years of research and of archival and fieldwork in eleven countries. It has involved a survey questionnaire in eight countries, yielding over 1,840 responses. It attempts a global comparison of Diaspora groups in six continents. Little has been written about Zoroastrian communities as far apart as China, East Africa, Europe, America, and Australia or on Parsis in Mumbai post-Independence. Each chapter is based on unused original sources ranging from 19th century archives to contemporary newsletters. The book also includes studies of Zoroastrians on the Internet, audio-visual resources, and the modern development of Parsi novels in English. As well as studying the Zoroastrians for their own inherent importance, this book contextualizes the Zoroastrian migrations within contemporary debates on Diaspora studies. The book examines what it is like to be a religious Asian in Los Angeles or London, Sydney or Hong Kong. Moreover, he explores not only how experience differs from one country to another, but also the differences between cities in the same country, for example, Chicago and Houston. The survey data is used firstly to consider the distinguishing demographic features of the Zoroastrian communities in various countries; and secondly to analyse different patterns of assimilation between different groups: men and women and according to the level and type of education. Comparisons are also drawn between people from rural and urban backgrounds; and between generations in religious beliefs and practices.

Keywords: Zoroastrian experience; diasporic experience; Diaspora groups; Zoroastrian communities; Internet; Parsi novels; religious Asian; assimilation; education; religious beliefs

Book.  884 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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Parsis in Post-Independence Bombay in The Zoroastrian Diaspora

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The Global Zoroastrian Diaspora in The Zoroastrian Diaspora

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The Parsis of Karachi in The Zoroastrian Diaspora

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Zoroastrians in East Africa in The Zoroastrian Diaspora

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The Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe in The Zoroastrian Diaspora

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Zoroastrians in Australia in The Zoroastrian Diaspora

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Globalizing Trends in The Zoroastrian Diaspora

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