Sarah Stewart: Pictures at an exhibition—Voices of the people

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Date(s) - 01/11/2014 - 02/11/2014
All Day

Zarathushti Heritage and Cultural Center

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Sarah Stewart is a lecturer in Zoroastrianism in the Department of the Study of Religions at SOAS. She is co-convenor with Edmund Herzig of the Idea of Iran series and has co-edited five volumes in the series. She recently curated an exhibition and edited a richly illustrated book, The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in history and imagination.


  • 10:00-10:30 Meet & Greet
  • 10:30 -11:30 The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in history and imagination
    The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in history and imagination, was an exhibition held at the Brunei Gallery at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, in 2013. It explored the history of Zoroastrianism, its culture and religion, as well as its influence on major religions of the world. It examined three traditions: the Iranian tradition that gave birth to the religion; the Parsi tradition established in India; and the tradition that emerged when Western scholars start-ed examining Zoroastrian religious texts. This talk will focus on these three traditions within the different historical contexts presented in the exhibition.
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Themes of Self Definition among Zoroastrians in Contemporary Iran
    What does it mean to be Zoroastrian in Iran today? How have Zoroastrians negotiated their mi-nority status in order to practice their religion and survive as a community? These and other themes of self-definition will be discussed through the personal testimony of Zoroastrians living in towns and villages across Iran as well as in Tehran.
  • 7:30 Dinner reception to honor Sarah Stewart