An Ethnographic Study of Neo-Zoroastrian Settlements; and Survey of the Attitudinal Patterns of Zoroastrians towards Neo-Zoroastrians
These anonymous surveys are part of the doctoral project of Mr. Ruzbeh Hodiwala, a PhD student working on his thesis, ‘The Historical Origins and Development of the Neo-Zoroastrian Movement: An Ethnographic Study of Neo-Zoroastrian Settlements’. The student is working under the supervision of Dr. Almut Hintze, Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism, and Dr. Nima Mina, Senior Lecturer in Persian and Iranian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
The aim of the research is to determine the demographic composition and study the socio-religious practices, ethnocultural identity and migratory patterns of Zoroastrians who were born into a family where both – mother and father – are non-Zoroastrians. The research further investigates the attitudinal patterns of Zoroastrians (born to Zoroastrian parent/s) towards the Neo-Zoroastrians and examines the interaction between the two groups globally.
Survey I: For Neo-Zoroastrians
Click on the above survey link if you are a Zoroastrian who was born into a non-Zoroastrian family – where both mother and father are ‘officially’ non-Zoroastrians. You can also undertake this survey if you have not undergone a Navjote/Soodreh-Pooshi ceremony and identify yourself as a Zoroastrian, or you/your family were ‘officially’ non-Zoroastrians but ‘privately’ remained Zoroastrians.
Survey II: For Zoroastrians
Click on the above survey link if you are a Zoroastrian who was born into a family where ‘both’ the parents or at least one parent – mother ‘or’ father – is/was ‘officially’ a Zoroastrian. You can also undertake this survey if you have not undergone a Navjote/Soodreh Pooshi ceremony but identify yourself as a Zoroastrian.
You may visit www.neozoroastrianproject.com for further information regarding the research project and to contact the researcher.
Note: The term ‘Neo-Zoroastrian’ is solely used for academic purposes and to ease the collection of research data, without any prejudice towards individuals, groups, and the Zoroastrian community.
The questionnaires will be available in Persian, French and Russian in December 2020.