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SOAS Shapoorji Pallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies (SSPIZS)

Zoroastrianism, known of old as 'the Persian religion', is one of the world's most ancient prophetic faiths and one of Iran's great contributions to the history of religious thought. It is deeply rooted in the prehistoric Indo-Iranian and, ultimately, Indo-European tradition and thus shares a common heritage with the Vedic religion and Hinduism. In its long history it has influenced many other religions, notably Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and, especially, Christianity.

In the years after the Arab conquest of Iran in the 7th century, there was an exodus of Zoroastrians from Iran to the Indian subcontinent where they settled and became an influential minority under British colonial rule. The Parsis became renowned for their skill as entrepreneurs and generosity as philanthropists. Zoroastrians from both India and Iran have migrated to other parts of the world, especially Britain, the United States and Australia where they form diaspora communities today.

A Message From The Co-chairs:

Prof Almut Hintze & Dr Sarah Stewart (Co-chairs)
Prof Almut Hintze & Dr Sarah Stewart (Co-chairs)

The Institute was made possible by the generous donation from a Parsi benefactor, Mr Shapoor Mistry, in the name of his grandfather, Mr Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry. It was formally launched on 27 June 2018 SOAS. This new initiative has brought to fruition the efforts and dreams of all those who have worked hard to extend the tradition of Zoroastrian studies at SOAS and at the same time to broaden its reach.

Institute Co-chairs

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Email: +44 (0)20 7074 5146
Address: Room 330, Main Building, SOAS University of London, 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG 

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Gen Z and Beyond

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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.

Shapoorji Pallonji Scholarships

Deadline: 2nd May 2022

Thanks to the generosity of the Shapoorji Pallonji endowment for scholarships in Zoroastrian studies at SOAS there are a number of awards available for UK/EU and Overseas fee-paying students. 

Further information on the scholarships.


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