SOAS Shapoorji Pallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies


The Institute was launched in June 2018 thanks to the generous donation from a Parsi benefactor, Mr Shapoor Mistry, in the name of his grandfather, Mr Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry. Its purpose was to support and expand Zoroastrian studies at SOAS through the establishment of an endowed lectureship, a scholarship fund, and a fund for outreach activities.

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 do this on campus and online through various interlinked activities: teaching, short courses, research, events, and through our growing repository of audio and visual materials.

The institute is co-chaired by Professor Almut Hintze and Dr Sarah Stewart, who is also Director of the institute, and is administrated by Joe Turtle. The institute is advised by a Senior Advisory Panel consisting of nine members, including the donor. The institute currently has two postdoctoral researchers, Dr Nazneen Engineer and Dr Mehrbod Khanizadeh, as well as a number of doctoral and graduate students.

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Gen Z and Beyond: A Survey for Every Generation

The purpose of the Gen Z and Beyond project is to engage the Zoroastrian community worldwide in a survey that will generate a database of accurate and substantive information.

Analysis of the data will provide a comprehensive set of facts, insights and ideas, which we hope will inform and inspire Zoroastrian communities in the future.

More information is available from the Gen Z and Beyond website.

The Multimedia Yasna Project (MUYA)

The Multimedia Yasna, based at SOAS, University of London and funded by the European Research Council (ERC) with an Advanced Investigator Grant (2016-2022), is a multi-disciplinary, international project which had as its focus the Yasna – the core ritual of the Zoroastrian religion.

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More information is available from the MUYA website.