Celebrating a Treasure: 140 Years at the First Dastoor Meherjirana Library, Navsari


December 5, 2012

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This is the title of an international conference being organized by the Meherjirana Library and PARZOR.

The conference is being held from January 12 to 15, 2013.

The conference has a power-packed list of international scholars of the Zoroastrian religion.

The entire program can be download here.

The conference, needless to say is sold out !

From the website:

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to participate in a conference entitled Celebrating a Treasure: 140 Years at the First Dastoor Meherjirana Library, Navsari. Since its inception in 1872, the First Dastoor Meherjirana Library in Navsari has continuously served the needs of the people of the city of Navsari, Gujarat, as well as the Zoroastrian and scholarly community in India and abroad. In recognition of its 140 years of service, and in celebration of the completion of a new annex and conference center in the library complex, the Librarian and Board of Trustees of the library, along with the UNESCO Parsi Zoroastrian project, eagerly request your participation in the conference.

The purpose of the conference is twofold. First, we hope that the conference will encourage scholars who have visited the Meherjirana in the past, as well as those who are interested in doing so, to gain experience at the library, to acquire an appreciation for its ongoing projects, and to forge and renew links with international and Indian scholars and community members. Second, the conference will foster an understanding of the current state of scholarship and raise awareness in Navsari and in India about the crucial importance of the research that is currently being undertaken around the world. As Navsari is known by Parsis in Gujarati as Dharamn? ?ekr? "The Mountain of Religion," we are happy to report that a number of members of the Zoroastrian priestly community have already agreed to participate in the conference, and we hope that many fruitful discussions and new friendships between scholars and religious practitioners will arise in the course of the proceedings of the conference.

Conference Committee

  • Ms. Katy Antia, Chair of the Board of Trustees, First Dastoor Meherjirana Library.
  • Smt. Bharti Gandhi, Librarian, First Dastoor Meherjirana Library.
  • Dr. Shernaz Cama, Professor, Delhi University. Executive Council, UNESCO Parsi-Zoroastrian Project.
  • Dr. Daniel Sheffield, Link-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University.
  • Mr. Dinyar Patel, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Harvard University.


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