SOAS Shapoorji Pallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies


The Shapoorji Pallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies was created to support and expand Zoroastrian studies at SOAS. 

It was launched in June 2018 thanks to the generous donation from a Parsi benefactor, Mr Shapoor Mistry, in the name of his father, Mr Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry. Our aim at the Institute is to offer students and scholars from around the world, as well as the wider public, an opportunity to learn about Zoroastrian history, culture, and religious traditions.

We provide an open, vibrant and non-confessional learning and research environment for students and scholars from around the world, for the Zoroastrian community, and for the wider public. ​ Our interests lie in all aspects of Zoroastrianism of all periods, including history, religion, philosophy, languages, arts, archaeology, society and culture, and how these may address global challenges.​ We work collaboratively on the long-term digital and material preservation of the precious and endangered Zoroastrian heritage for generations to come.​

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Senior Advisory Panel

The Senior Advisory Panel comprises nine members, including the donor, who can nominate up to four representatives. SOAS may nominate up to four members, one of whom will be a Pro-Director of SOAS who will act as Chair.

The Senior Advisory Panel’s remit is purely advisory. It is intended to offer guidance and support to the Institute. It is intended to advise the Co-Chairs and support the Institute start-up, collaborate to maximise opportunities for the Institute, advise the Co-Chairs on the management of risks associated with the activities of the Institute and consider the Institute’s continued evolution and impact.

The Senior Advisory Panel meets twice a year and the Co-Chairs attend the meetings.