Zoroastrians in Britain: The Ratanbai Katrak Lectures, University of Oxford 1985 / Edition 1

Zoroastrians in Britain: The Ratanbai Katrak Lectures, University of Oxford 1985 / Edition 1

by John R. Hinnells
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198261934

ISBN-13: 9780198261933

Pub. Date: 02/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Zoroastrianism is the religion of ancient Iran, dating back centuries before the coming of Islam. It stresses the duality between goodness and evil, light and happiness, and darkness and suffering. The Zoroastrians are also the oldest South Asian minority in Britain—with a history going back to 1724. This is the first study of British Zoroastrianism, covering

Overview

Zoroastrianism is the religion of ancient Iran, dating back centuries before the coming of Islam. It stresses the duality between goodness and evil, light and happiness, and darkness and suffering. The Zoroastrians are also the oldest South Asian minority in Britain—with a history going back to 1724. This is the first study of British Zoroastrianism, covering personalities, traditions, and the contemporary concerns of this enduring but little known ancient religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198261933
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.99(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations xv
1. Introduction
1(49)
(a) A Brief Overview of Zoroastrian History
1(26)
(b) South Asians in Britain
27(17)
(c) Some Questions of Terminology
44(6)
2. Zoroastrian Perspectives on Contacts with the British
50(27)
(a) Iranian Zoroastrians and the British
50(3)
(b) Anglo-Parsi Relations in India
53(5)
(c) Parsis and the British in Pakistan
58(2)
(d) Parsi Experiences in East Africa
60(7)
(e) British-Zoroastrian Religious Interaction
67(7)
(f) Conclusion
74(3)
3. Early Zoroastrian Arrivals in Britain
77(30)
(a) The Earliest Arrivals
77(11)
(b) Nineteenth Century Parsi Travellers' Diaries
88(9)
(c) Zoroastrian Literature for the British
97(5)
(d) Conclusion
102(5)
4. A Century of Zoroastrian Associations in Britain (1860s-1960s)
107(48)
(a) The Founding of the London Association
107(4)
(b) London and the Iranian Zoroastrians
111(3)
(c) The Incorporation of the Association
114(3)
(d) The Parsi Social Union
117(2)
(e) Broacha House, Edinburgh
119(2)
(f) Growing Numbers, Problems, and the Need for a Zoroastrian House
121(4)
(g) Personalities and Politics within the Community
125(7)
(h) London: An International Center
132(1)
(i) The Post-War Situation
133(1)
(j) The London Funeral Ground
134(4)
(k) A New Zoroastrian House and Community Religious Needs
138(4)
(l) Zoroastrian 'Boundaries'
142(2)
(m) The World Zoroastrian Organization (WZO)
144(4)
(n) Local Zoroastrian Associations
148(2)
(o) Conclusion
150(5)
5. Zoroastrians in British Politics
155(72)
(a) Dadabhoy Naoroji (1825-1917; MP 1892-1895)
156(18)
(b) Muncherji Bhownagree (1851-1933; MP 1895-1905)
174(20)
(c) Shapurji Saklatvala (1874-1936; MP 1922-1923, 1924-1929)
194(24)
(d) Zerbanoo Gifford (1950-)
218(3)
(e) Conclusion
221(6)
6. British Zoroastrian Approaching the Third Millennium
227(52)
(a) Some Observations on Research Methods
227(3)
(b) A Broad Demographic Picture
230(3)
(c) Religion and a Sense of Identity
233(2)
(d) Zoroastrians and the British
235(3)
(e) Does being a Zoroastrian Conflict with being British?
238(3)
(f) The Country of British and the Preservation of Heritage
241(2)
(g) Decade of Arrival and Religious Practice
243(2)
(h) Contacts with the Old Country
245(1)
(i) Differences between the Generations
246(3)
(j) Some Gender Issues
249(1)
(k) Intermarriage
250(5)
(l) Transmitting the Tradition: The Social Context
255(3)
(m) Transmitting the Tradition: Religious Knowledge
258(3)
(n) The Practice of the Religion
261(11)
(o) British Zoroastrians in International Perspective
272(3)
(p) Conclusion
275(4)
7. Conclusion
279(32)
(a) Zoroastrians in Britain: An Overview
279(17)
(b) Zoroastrians and other South Asian Religious in Britain
296(7)
(c) Another Comparison
303(2)
(d) The Study of Diaspora Religions
305(4)
(e) The Future for British Zoroastrians
309(2)
Bibliography 311(10)
Glossary 321(4)
Index 325

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