SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Text and Testimony in the Zorastrian Tradition

Dr Sarah Stewart

Date: 13 March 2019Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 13 March 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Room S209

Type of Event: Seminar

My talk will continue a theme presented earlier in this series, namely that of orality. The use of oral testimony as a research tool in the study of Zoroastrianism is a relatively recent development that adds a dimension to the study of the living faith. It also raises questions as to how the living faith has been interpreted in the past and its relationship to a textual tradition that was in oral transmission for centuries after the religion entered recorded history. Methodologies employed to answer such questions will be discussed here with reference to two recent studies carried out in India and Iran respectively. The latter study forms part of my research for the second volume of a book on contemporary Zoroastrianism in Iran and the changes that have taken place since the establishment of the Islamic Republic.

All Welcome - free of charge

Organiser: Prof Catherine Hezser

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