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Parsi (Zoroastrian) Community Recognized at Emory

April 2005
Parsi (Zoroastrian) Community Recognized at Emory

On Saturday, March 12, 2005, the Asian Studies Program at Emory University hosted a lecture by scholar and author Dr. Roshan Shahani, Professor of English at Jai Hind College, Bombay. She is also the trustee of Bombay based SPARROW (Sound and Picture Archives of Research on Women). The talk was entitled "Perspectives on Bombay's Parsi-Zoroastrian Community." A reception followed at Emory's White Hall.

The lecture was co-sponsored by the department of Political Science, Spelman College and the department of Religion, Emory University. Dr. Deepika Bahri, director of Emory's Asian Studies Program, welcomed and recognized in particular, members of Atlanta's Zarathushti (Zoroastrian) community. Dr. Tinaz Pavri, Chair of Spelman's Political Science Department moderated the discussion. Ms. Nairika Cornett, Coordinator of the Atlanta Zarathushti Association (AZA), closed the program with words of reflection and thanks.

The Atlanta Zarathushti Association represents the more than 150 strong Zoroastrian Community in metro Atlanta and actively leads the community in offering diverse functions and programs that strengthen and deepen the ties that bind together this small ethno-religious community with roots in India, Pakistan and Iran. Although the community traces its' origins back to Persia, a sizable number of Zoroastrians reside in India, and are referred to as ?Parsis', the people of Pars, Persia.

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