Paving the way for young Zoroastrian women | Faith Matters

Paving the way for young Zoroastrian women | Faith Matters

As perhaps the oldest, though smallest, monotheistic world religion, Zoroastrianism’s patriarchy also influenced Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Women were second-class citizens and frozen out of leadership roles. But even in Zoroastrianism, some women are claiming...

This is not the end. Apocalyptic comfort from ancient Iran

This is not the end. Apocalyptic comfort from ancient Iran

At its height, around 620 CE, the Sasanian empire ruled over a territory stretching from Jerusalem in the west to Samarkand in the east. The royal court at the ancient city of Ctesiphon, near present-day Baghdad, was the political heart of this vast realm, and its...

Zoroastrian priests have masked for millennia | Faith Matters

“Dad, everyone’s wearing a mask!” exclaimed the son of Adi Sidhwa, a Zoroastrian priest, about the COVID mask requirement. “Is it different than yours?”The boy wasn’t referring to his father’s COVID mask but the long, white, cloth one – padan -- that Sidhwa, 46, from...

Zoroastrians: Iran’s forgotten minority

The decline of this ancient community is a tragedy not just for Iran, but for human civilization writ large It is disheartening, but the adherents of the world’s first monotheistic religion appear to have been consigned to oblivion in their ancestral homeland, and as...

Mystery Murder Story Set in Colonial Bombay

Set in 1892, Murder in Old Bombay addresses issues prevalent at the turn of the 20th century which are very present today: discrimination against those who do not belong to our ‘in’ group, misogyny, inequality in attitudes toward women. It’s also a heart-felt appeal...