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Henry Lord was a chaplain to the East India Company in Surat, India from 1624-1629. He ensured himself a permanent and unique place in the history of Zoroastrian studies, by writing "A Display of Two Foreign Sects in the East Indies."

Lord studies a unique as he was a chaplain, rather than a missionary, and made a serious attempt to understand the religions rather than condemn them. His writing was used as a source by later European writers on Zoroastrian studies. Lord's work was used by Jean Chardin and Thomas Hyde in their respective works which proved instrumental to inspire Anquetil Du Perron's quest to visit the Parsee community in Surat, to bring copies of Avesta scriptures to the west.

  1. A Discovery of Two Foreign Sects: The Sect of the Parsees