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Synopsis : South Asian Religious Diaspora in Britain Canada and the United States The written by Harold G. Coward, published by SUNY Press which was released on 2012-02-01. Download South Asian Religious Diaspora in Britain Canada and the United States The Books now! Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. This book explores the experience of religious communities that have migrated from South Asia (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) to live in Britain, Canada, and the United States, three countries sharing a common language (English) and an ... -- Scholars of religion in general and specific religions were recruited as contributors, presented first drafts in London in 1996, and revised their essays according to its reception. They explore the experience of religious communities that have migrated to the three English- speaking countries, considering the cultural nuances of each, how traditions are reformed or reinvented, and how they are passed on through the family and institutions. They mainly focus on Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs but also include Christian, Zoroastrian, and other immigrants and new religious movements in the west led by south Asians.
Authors: Harold G. Coward, John R. Hinnells, Raymond Brady Williams
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-02-01 - Publisher: SUNY Press
Scholars of religion in general and specific religions were recruited as contributors, presented first drafts in London in 1996, and revised their essays according to its reception. They explore the experience of religious communities that have migrated to the three English- speaking countries, considering the cultural nuances of each, how traditions are reformed or reinvented, and how they are passed on through the family and institutions. They mainly focus on Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs but also include Christian, Zoroastrian, and other immigrants and new religious movements in the west led by south Asians.
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996 - Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Zoroastrianism is the religion of ancient Iran, dating back over a thousand years before the time of Christ. It is also the religion of Britain's oldest South Asian minority, with a history going back to 1724. From the contribution of the Zoroastrian MPs Naoroji and Bhownagree in the nineteenth century to the transmission of their heritage and concerns today, this is the first complete study of the community right up to the 1990s. With the largest Zoroastrian population outside the 'old countries' living in London, the British community has played an important part in the modern history of Zoroastrianism. They furnish a unique opportunity to trace the history and experience of an Asian community in the West for well over a hundred years, with a wide variety of members from rural and urban India, Pakistan, East Africa, as well as the original homeland, Iran, and a substantial proportion of Zoroastrians who are British-born. The book is based on extensive study of archival sources, a large survey questionnaire, a programme of structured interviews, and over twenty years of the author's personal contact with the community. The book includes discussion of many important contemporary issues, such as racial prejudice, gender issues, generational differences, attitudes both to British society and to the 'old country' - and argues that religion is an increasingly important concern among British South Asian minorities.
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994 - Publisher: University Press of Amer
The contemporary Zoroastrians are, arguably, the world's smallest religious-ethnic group. In this book, Writer examines the two major constituent groups, Parsi and Iranian Zoroastrians and analyzes the diversity as well as the unifying features specific among them. Writer enhances her theoretical framework with extensive interviews with the living community, conducted on three continentsóAsia, Europe, and North America. Contents: Historical Background. Zoroastrian Antecendents; Parsi Migration and Acclimation in India; The Zoroastrians of Iran. Disparate Cultures: Parsi and Iranian Zoroastrians; The Contemporary Political Mileux: Iran and India; Present Day Community Shibboleths and Legal Precedents. Intermarriage; Conversation; The Parsi Pancyayat Case Suite No. 689 of 1906 in the High Court of Bombay; Zoroastrians in the Old Countries The Parsis of India and Pakistan: An Introduction; The Parsis of India; The Parsis of Pakistan; Iranian Zoroastrian Refugees; Zoroastrians of the Diaspora. The Zoroastrians of North America: USA and Canada; The Zorastrians of Great Britain; Contemporary Zoroastrians: An Unstructured Nation? Maps throughout.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-09-10 - Publisher: Routledge
The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion is a major resource for courses in Religious Studies. It begins by explaining the most important methodological approaches to religion, including psychology, philosophy, anthropology and comparative study, before moving on to explore a wide variety of critical issues, such as gender, science, fundamentalism, ritual, and new religious movements. Written by renowned international specialists, this new edition: includes eight new chapters, including post-structuralism, religion and economics, religion and the environment, religion and popular culture, and sacred space surveys the history of religious studies and the key disciplinary approaches explains why the study of religion is relevant in today’s world highlights contemporary issues such as globalization, diaspora and politics includes annotated reading lists, a glossary and summaries of key points to assist student learning.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-04-02 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Zoroastrianism is one of the world's great ancient religions. In present-day Iran, significant communities of Zoroastrians (who take their name from the founder of the faith, the remarkable religious reformer Zoroaster) still practise the rituals and teach the moral precepts that once undergirded the officially state-sanctioned faith of the mighty Sasanian empire. Beyond Iran, the Zoroastrian disapora is significant especially in India, where the Gujarati-speaking community of emigrants from post-Sasanian Iran call themselves 'Parsis'. But there are also significant Zoroastrian communities to be found elsewhere, such as in the USA, Britain and Canada, where western cultural contexts have shaped the religion in intriguing ways and directions. This new, thorough and wide-ranging introduction will appeal to anyone interested in discovering more about the faith that bequeathed the contrasting words 'Magi' and 'magic', and whose adherents still live according to the code of 'Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds.' The central Zoroastrian concept that human beings are continually faced with a choice between the path of 'good' and 'evil', represented by the contrasting figures of Ahura Mazda and Ahriman, inspired thinkers as diverse as Voltaire, Mozart and Nietzsche. Jenny Rose shows why Zoroastrianism remains one of the world's most inspiring and perennially fascinating systems of ethics and belief. 'Jenny Rose's lively and engaging account comprises a very readable, well informed survey of Zoroastrianism and its history. The book is a pleasure to read throughout, and the author's writing style is markedly beautiful, placing her very much within Mary Boyce's literary tradition. Rose has read widely round the subject, engaging with important primary and secondary sources and rendering her thorough treatment of Zoroastrianism fully up-to-date. I particularly welcomed her valuable discussion of Zoroastrianism in Central Asia. All in all, the book is a fine example of considered synthesis and compression. This is a book one wants to read from beginning to end without putting it down. It will find a warm welcome from students of the subject and their teachers.' - Almut Hintze, Zartoshty Professor of Zoroastrianism, SOAS, University of London
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-04-28 - Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
What is the distinctive Zoroastrian experience, and what is the common diasporic experience? The Zoroastrian Diaspora is the outcome of twenty years of research and of archival and fieldwork in eleven countries, involving approximately 250,000 miles of travel. It has also involved a survey questionnaire in eight countries, yielding over 1,840 responses.This is the first book to attempt 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 nineteenth century archives to contemporary newsletters. The book also includes studies of Zoroastrians on the Internet, audio-visual resources, and the modern development of Parsinovels 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. John R. Hinnells 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 toconsider 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 fromrural and urban backgrounds; and between generations in religious beliefs and practices, including the preservation of secular culture.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-11-01 - Publisher: Routledge
This title was first published in 2000: This volume collects articles from 30 years of John R. Hinnell's writings. The selection is intended to balance the different areas in which he has worked: the ancient tradition and its influence on Biblical imagery; Parsi history; the living religion; and diaspora communities.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-11-22 - Publisher: BRILL
Filling the obvious lacunae in the literature on British colonialism, Indian society and history, and, last but not least, Zoroastrianism, this book broadens our knowledge of the interaction of colonialism and colonial groups, and elucidates the significant role of the Parsis in the commercial, educational, and civic milieu of Bombay colonial society.
Authors: Sarah Stewart, Alan Williams, Almut Hintze
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-02-16 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
For many centuries, from the birth of the religion late in the second millennium BC to its influence on the Achaemenids and later adoption in the third century AD as the state religion of the Sasanian Empire, it enjoyed imperial patronage and profoundly shaped the culture of antiquity. The Magi of the New Testament most probably were Zoroastrian priests from the Iranian world, while the enigmatic figure of Zarathushtra (or Zoroaster) himself has exerted continual fascination in the West, influencing creative artists as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche, Mozart and Yeats. This authoritative volume brings together internationally recognised scholars to explore Zoroastrianism in all its rich complexity. Examining key themes such as history and modernity, tradition and scripture, art and architecture and minority status and religious identity, it places the modern Zoroastrians of Iran, and the Parsis of India, in their proper contexts. The book extends and complements the coverage of its companion volume, The Everlasting Flame.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-02 - Publisher: Universal-Publishers
The thesis has one main focus, the purity laws of a religious group in Europe, an original piece of research never done before in the UK. The thesis uses diasporic theories of identity; theories of women and the body; theories of women, their bodies and patriarchal religion and theories of women, purity and pollution in religion, to explain why European Zoroastrian women continue to support six of the purity laws of Zoroastrianism in the year 2003. Purity and pollution are at the heart of the Zoroastrian religion and the research demonstrated that Zoroastrians belief in and knowledge of the six purity laws was strong in 2003. Zoroastrians are a diasporic religious group whose modern origins are in Iran and the sub-continent of India. They have been visiting and settling, from the sub-continent, in Europe, and especially in London, in small numbers since the middle of the nineteenth century. There have been three quantitative surveys of the Zoroastrian community in Europe, in 1976, 1985 and 2003, with each survey building on the last one. Thus, the analytical, quantitative research leading up to the thesis covers a period of nearly 30 years. In the 2003 survey, new questions, never posed before in academic research, were asked about six of the Zoroastrian purity laws, which yielded data for the main focus of the thesis. The women support the six purity laws more than the men and the majority of both women and men affirmed four of the purity laws and rejected two of them. The conclusion of the thesis is that the six Zoroastrian purity laws examined in this research are used in the creation of a hybrid, immanent and liminal religious identity and in some cases ethnic identity, by the women of the European Zoroastrian community; purity laws are known about and matter to these women in Europe in 2003.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009 - Publisher: Gyan Publishing House
Preface 1. Zoroastrianism: An Introduction 2. History 3. Philosophy 4. Concept of God 5. Main Figures 6. Scriptures 7. Teachings 8. Moral Value System 9. Movements 10. Reformers 11. Major Sects 12. Demographic Propagation 13. Socio-Political Influence 14. Religious Rituals and Traditions 15. Society 16. Festivals 17. Religious Places 18. Art and Iconograpby 19. Zoroastrianism in Modern World BibliographyIndex.