FIRES Report 2017

Below is a presentation of FIRES and its activities, at the FEZANA Annual General Meeting.

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Memory and Identity: 2017 FIRES Keynote Address

FIRES organized a spectacular exhibition as part of the 30th FEZANA Annual General Meeting in Houston. To kick off the exhibition, FIRES invited Aban Marker-Kabraji as the Keynote speaker. Below is a video recording of the talk   Aban Marker Kabraji Aban Marker Kabraji, is a biologist and scientist and is the co-Chairperson of Return… Continue Reading

The Multimedia Yasna Project

Professor Almut Hintze FBA, Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism at SOAS University of London, has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Investigator Grant of just under €2.5 million (ca. £2 million) to investigate the Yasna, the core ritual of the Zoroastrian religion. The five-year project project ‘The Multimedia Yasna’ (MUYA), led by Almut… Continue Reading

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism, edited by M. Stausberg and Y. S-D. Vevaina with Anna Tessmann. Malden, Mass./Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2015. Pp. 668. ISBN: 9781444331356 This book review originally appeared in the FEZANA Journal Winter 2015 Issue and is published here with prior permission. REVIEW BY JESSE S. PALSETIA The Companion highlights the contributions… Continue Reading

Religions of Iran: From Prehistory to the Present

Few would dispute today that religion has been playing a pervasive role in the political and social lives of people in Iran. Indeed, never has cogent understanding of religions and their complexities in Iran seem more important than in the recent decades. Increasing number of scholars are curious as to how religious attitudes and activities… Continue Reading

Cyrus: The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World

In Discovering Cyrus: The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World, Reza Zarghamee relates a shocking omission. “Ferdowsi does not mention Cyrus in the Shahnameh, and the Sasanids seemingly have no memory of him through local Persian traditions” (535). The King of Kings memorialized in Greek texts and recently celebrated with the North American tour of… Continue Reading

In Search of My Master

The book, ”In Search of My Master”, is written by the famous author Marjorie Husain and displays the 40-year artistic journey of legendary Pakistani artist Jimmy Engineer. The book’s full-page color reproductions of scenes from the independence movement of Pakistan, glorious architecture, landscapes, still life, and poverty series of paintings leave the reader gasping in… Continue Reading

Thus Spake the Magavs

Behramshah Shroff, who founded the Ilm-e-Kshnoom (science of ecstasy or bliss) movement is said to have received instruction on the mystical aspects of Zoroastrianism from 72 Magav (Magi) priests called Abed Saheb-e-Dilan who lead a group of approximately 2000 individuals, the Saheb-e-Dilan, and presumably reside around Mount Damavand in the Caucasus Mountains.  The Ilm-e-Kshnoom philosophy is based on mystic and esoteric interpretation… Continue Reading

Laughter in the House: 20th Century Parsi Theatre

Have you ever laughed so hard in a play that tears rolled down your cheeks and your stomach hurt so much that you wanted the actors to stop, if just for a few seconds, so that you could recover? It happened to me when my parents took me to see Behram Ni Sasu. Now along… Continue Reading