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  1. A Discovery of Two Foreign Sects: The Sect of the Parsees, 1752
    Lord, Henry

    This historic article provides a comprehensive description of Parsee community, their religion, traditions and customs as it was observed in ca. 1752 by the author, Henry Lord. This article was published two years prior to arrival of Anquetil Du Perron in India.
     

  2. A Traveler's Observation of Parsee community, 1831 AD
    Josiah Condor in his writings provides us with detailed observation of Parsee community in Bombay and Surat in the early part of 19th century, their account of customs and traditions and religious practice. Throughout the text he provides valuable reference to scholarly work and sources to further explain his observations.
     

  3. Abraham Jackson in Yazd, Spring 1904
    Persia, Past and Present; Chapter 23rd, The Zoroastrians of Yezd
    Abraham V. W. Jackson
    On a late spring day this foremost scholar of Zoroastrian studies enters the city of Yazd. He records a great deal about Zoroastrians of Yazd, their life, society, and religious traditions in a fair amount of detail. His account of personal encounters with community leadership provides us with a unique view into the world of Zoroastrians of Yazd in early days of 20th century.
     

  4. History of the Parsis: Zoroastrians in Persia, 1884 AD
    Karaka, Dosabhai Framji
    Author, a Parsi judge, lived in Bombay during the years the historic efforts took place toward abolishment of poll-tax "jazieh" imposed on Zarathushtis of Iran. In chapter 2, Karaka provides us with first hand account and details of events and correspondents that resulted in this historic event. See the translation of Nasser ul'din Shah's decree on this matter.
     

  5. Edward Browne in Yazd, Spring 1888 AD
    A Year Amongst the Persians; Chapter 13th "YEZD"
    Edward G. Browne
    In his remarkable travelogue, Edward Browne, the foremost western scholar of Persian literature in 19th century visits the town of Yazd. He provides a detailed report on Zoroastrians of Yazd, their lives and customs. A sample of Dari dialect, Abjad counting system and Sarvi symbolic writing used by Zoroastrians is preserved in this valuable book.
     

  6. Languages of The Parsi scriptures
    Haug, Martin
    The renown German Linguist, Martin Haug, traveled to India during the second half of the nineteenth century where he stayed for over ten years and studied the Zarathushti scriptures of the Parsee community residing in state of Gujarat. Haug in his studies discovered the language used in certain sections of Yasna, known as Gathas was different and much older than the rest of the scriptures; later he figured that Gathas were the words of the prophet Zarathushtra preserved and passed down through thirty seven centuries.

     

  7. Maneckji Limji Hataria in Iran
    Boyce, Mary
    A historical narrative on the course of events that lead to the arrival of Maneckji Hataria in Iran in mid 19th century, and the impact of his tireless efforts to ameliorate the conditions  of Zarathushtrians of Iran. 
     

  8. My Travels Outside Bombay
    Modi, Jivanji Jamshedji
    An informative account of the travels and observations of one of the best recognized Zoroastrian priests of India of the 19th-20th century as he travels to the ancient fire temple of Baku, Azarbaijan.
     

  9. Our Own Religion in Ancient Persia
    Professor Lawrence Mills
     

  10. The Cypress of Kashmar and Zoroaster
    Abraham V. W. Jackson
    In this research article from Jackson's "Zoroastrian Studies," book, he follows several references by Muslim and Iranian historians to a legend surrounding a monumental Cypress tree believed to be planted by prophet Zoroaster, and its destruction by Caliph Al Mutawakkil.
     

  11. The First European Translation of the Holy Avesta
    Kerr, Dr. Sam
    The initial purpose of this addendum to the excellent 'paper' - Abraham-Hyacinthe Anquetil du Perron by Dr. Khosro E. Mehrfar was to show photographs of the three volumes of our Avesta published for the first time ever in a European language, obtained by me through an interview and special permission from the librarian of the State Library of NSW, Sydney, Australia.

     

  12. The Oil Fields and the Fire Temple of Baku
    Abraham V. W. Jackson
    In his famous book "From Constantinople to the Home of Omar Khayyam," Jackson visits several historical sites and writes a considerable report and study of the location. His depth of knowledge on Zarathushtrian religion and ancient Persian civilization makes this book a unique document produced about ca. 1906. Jackson provides numerous photographs of individuals, sites, tablets and pictures in this volume. This article is a full reproduction of chapter IV. 
     

  13. The Zoroastrian Doctrine of the Freedom of the Will (Part 1)
    Abraham V. W. Jackson
    In this landmark article published in 1928, Abraham Jackson discussed the central role of Doctrine of Free Will in Zarathushtra's philosophy.  This two part article is reproduced from his book -- Zoroastrian Studies, published 1928.
     

  14. Muhammadan References to the Magians, or Zoroastrians and Free Will (Part 2)
    Abraham V. W. Jackson
    Second part of Jackson's landmark article provides references and detailed analysis in Persian mystic literature and philosophy to the idea of Free Will and its association with Zarathushtis of Iran.
     

  15. Zoroaster Politician or Witch Doctor? (Lecture 1 of 3)
    Henning, Walter B.
    Which image is closer to Zarathushtra in Avesta, Politician or Witch Doctor? The foremost scholar of ancient Iranian studies, late Walter B. Henning, analyzes the two images portrayed by scholars Herzfeld and Nyberg in their earlier works. Henning's conclusions were ground breaking in order to further this field of study.
     

  16. Zoroaster Politician or Witch Doctor (lecture 2 of 3)
    Henning, Walter B.
    Which image is closer to Zarathushtra in Avesta, Politician or Witch Doctor? The foremost scholar of ancient Iranian studies, late Walter B. Henning, analyzes the two images portrayed by scholars Herzfeld and Nyberg in their earlier works. Henning's conclusions were ground breaking in order to further this field of study.