Third annual program on Zoroastrianism-101

Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Chicago

proudly hosts
the third annual program on Zoroastrianism-101

the Conference of the Society of Scholars of Zoroastrianism (SSZ)


the Arbab Rustom Guiv Darbe Mehr, Burr Ridge, IL,


November 21 – 24, 2008


Friday, November 21st, 7 pm: Welcome dinner for presenters and out-of-town guests.

Saturday November 22nd, 10 am – 6 pm: Zoroastrianism-101: “The Homeland, Life and Times of Zarathushtra,” presented by ZAC community members.

We are delighted that many members of our Next Generation will be joining our elders in making these presentations.

Topics will cover:-
The Creation Story

by Rita Balaporia-
Legendary History: Peshdadian and Kyanian Dynasties (or alternate topic)
by Pesi Vazifdar and Hoshi Vazifdar –
-The Shah Nameh by Keikhosrow Mobed and Farida Sharyari

– Review of the Date of Zarathushtra by Naheed Vatcha

– Review of the Birthplace of Zarathushtra by Burjis Sidhwa and Persis Damkevala

– Life of Zarathushtra and His Early Ministry by Tushad and Zenia Mehta

– The Avestan Language-Origins and Development
by Rohinton Rivetna and Cyrus Rivetna

– Bringing up a Zoroastrian Child in North America
by Rashna Balsara

Sunday, November 23rd, 9 am – 6 pm:

Among the presenters will be:

Dr. Pallan Ichaporia (University of Mainz)
– Status of the Priesthood after the Fall of the Sasanian Empire
Dinyar Patel (Harvard)
– Parsi Interactions with Iran
Farrokh Vajifdar (London)
– Salvation Technology: Hellish Truths and Heavenly Lies

Shahin Bekhradnia (Oxford)
– Zoroastrians in Tajikistan

Keki R. Bhote (Chicago)
– The Great Unknown Zoroastrian Civilizations in Central Asia

Dastur Dr. Kersey H. Antia (High Priest of Chicago)
– Zoroastrian and pre-Zoroastrian Iranians in Georgia,
Trans-Caucasia and Europe

Prof. Jesse S. Palsetia (University of Guelph, Canada)
: Parsi-British Relations in India Revealed

On Sunday, Ms. Bekhradnia and Mr. Vajifdar will also conduct an interactive workshop on: Zoroastrianism in North America; Zoroastrians in Central Asia; and Recognition for Dadabhai Naoroji.

Monday November 24th, 9 am – 12 noon: Roundtable Dialogue with scholars and interested community members.

All community members, students and scholars are invited and encouraged to participate, to support scholarship and religious education, at the academic as well as community level.

We are grateful to WZO for their support of this Conference, and for sponsoring two speakers from the UK.

Cost. $10 per day for paid members of ZAC and $15 per day for non-members, for Saturday (including Lunch and Tea) and Sunday (including Breakfast, Lunch and Tea).

There is no charge for Monday.

Please RSVP by November 16 to Roshan Rivetna (, 630-325 5383).

For program information contact Pallan Ichaporia (610-589-5419, or Rohinton Rivetna (630-325-5383,



[Persons/Associations interested in the mission and vision of the Society of Scholars of Zoroastrianism, are invited to host future Conferences in their areas. SSZ shall provide assistance as needed].


Labels: Conference -SSZ


Courtesy : Behram Pastakia




One comment

  • Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am so excited to see such programme about the Zoroastrianism. I am really interested in this topic and i want to chose the practice of Zoroastrianism in Tajikistan before coming Islam. I have seen many interesting topics in your programme above. Is it possible to have an access to those papers? I need them only for educational and research purpose and I am familiar with the acdemic dishonesty, I mean plagiarism. I promise not to misuse your information.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.


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