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Zoroastrians in BritainThe Ratanbai Katrak Lectures: University of Oxford 1985$
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John R. Hinnells

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198261933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261933.001.0001

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British Zoroastrians Approaching the Third Millennium: The Community and the Religion

British Zoroastrians Approaching the Third Millennium: The Community and the Religion

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(p.227) 6 British Zoroastrians Approaching the Third Millennium: The Community and the Religion
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Zoroastrians in Britain
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John R. Hinnells

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261933.003.0006

This chapter examines how the diversity within the Zoroastrian community was reflected within its religious life as it approached the third millennium. It is based on three main resources: a survey questionnaire circulated in 1985; 232 in-depth interviews conducted by a research assistant, Dr. Rashna Writer, with some help from Ms. Shirin Patel in 1986–7; and close personal contact with London Zoroastrians for over twenty-three years. The general aim behind the survey and the interviews was to identify the patterns of community ties and religious practice among the following sections: youth compared with elders; male compared with female; different educational groups and others. For the great majority, religion is it not simply a question of beliefs and practices associated with God, but also encompasses community ties and individual identity. Two-thirds of respondents wanted to link religion and race.

Keywords:   religion, intermarriage, British Zoroastrians, Rashna Writer, London Zoroastrians, gender issues, religious practice

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