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Persia & Rome: A Tale of Two Empires, exhibition launch Thu 9th May 2019, Birmingham University


The Director of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and the Trustees of the Henry Barber Trust cordially invite you to the exhibition launch of

A Tale of Two Empires: Rome and Persia

University of Birmingham

Thursday 9th May 2019 – 6pm

Exhibition duration – 10th May 2019 till 15th March 2020

Welcome by ZTFE Patron Lord Bilimoria CBE DL, Chancellor and Professor Michael Whitby, Pro Vice Chancellor & Head of the College of Arts and Law.

RSVP, by Monday 6th May to Alice Bewbow by email info@barber.org.uk or phone 0121 414 6993.

About the exhibition:

The history of the Sasanian Empire is as integral to the history of people of Iranian, Parsi, Caucasian, and western central Asian backgrounds as the history of the Roman Empire is to the history of people of European, North African and Levantine backgrounds.  As such, it is important that they are not allowed to fade from memory.

The Sasanian dynasty put the Zoroastrian faith and Middle Persian language at the centre of their Empire’s identity, and this is reflected in their coinage, of which almost every single type bears the image of the sacred fire, tended by two watchful guardians, sometimes including the Shahanshah (king of kings) himself.  This can make Sasanian coins a challenge to display, as they are very uniform, but no less interesting for that – it demonstrated the centrality of the faith to the identity of their polity.  They also broke from the Parthian past by using the Pahlavi script to write a Persian language on their coins, rock reliefs, stamp seals and other artefacts, rather than the Greek language and script preferred by the Hellenistic Parthians.

Though the Sasanian dynasty was swept away in the seventh century by the young Caliphate, the administrative structures and cultural patterns they left behind would come to infuse the early Caliphate, and thereby a large part of the world.  Persian became a language of poetry, oratory and high culture, while descendants of the Sasanians, the Parsis, who fled Iran for India would keep that pillar of Sasanian identity, Zoroastrianism, dear to them.

A Tale of Two Empires is told through the Barber’s extensive Late Roman coin collection and its historically important Sasanian Persian cache, the exhibition explores how the ancient superpowers of Rome and Persia spun humiliating defeats and promoted their bloody victories on the small pieces of art circulating in the pockets of the masses.  With the aid of seals – on loan from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge – it will also discuss the artistic themes and devices these two civilizations had in common.

The Barber has the second largest collection of Sasanian coins in the UK, but the collection has never played more than a very minor role in the coin gallery exhibitions. Now fully catalogued on Mimsy, the exhibition will put a spotlight on this important collection.

Yours sincerely

Malcolm M Deboo

PresidentMalcolm M DebooPresidentZoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (Incorporated)
Oldest Asian Faith Based Voluntary Organisation in the UK; Established 1861Zartoshty Brothers Hall, Zoroastrian Centre, 440 Alexandra Avenue, Harrow, HA2 9TL, UKReligious and Cultural Centre of the Parsi & Irani Zoroastrian CommunityTel: +44 20 8866 0765  Mob: +44 78 2570 5810Email: secretary@ztfe.com  Website: www.ztfe.comRegistered Charity No: 277185  Company Limited by Guarantee Reg No: 1403266


HAPPY YALDA!


Happy Yalda to all !

Yalda is a Zoroastrian festival celebrated during the longest night of the year (winter solstice). Yalda means “birth” and Dec. 21st is supppsed to be the day of birth of Mithra. Mithra is the Zoroastrian Divinity of Covenants, Light and Oath.

On this day, there are large gatherings with food and drinks and people read poetry and tell stories. Usually people eat red coloured fruits like watermelon and pomegranate to signify the colours of dawn and glow of life 🍉🍎🍓….. May your Yalda be bright and red 😘!

Zoroastrian Studies..A Symposium, 06 Apr 2019


You are invited to the following event:

When: 06 Apr 2019 1:00 PM, EDT
Where: INNIS TOWN HALL, 2 SUSSEX AVENUE, TORONTO, ON, M5S 1J5

EVENT DETAILS:

Zoroastrian Studies

A Symposium

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF PROFESSOR EHSAN YARSHATER (1920-2018)

Date:    April 6, 2019

Venue:  INNIS TOWN HALL, 2 SUSSEX AVENUE, TORONTO, ON, M5S 1J5

Time:    1pm


INTRODUCTION

1:00–1:30 REGISTRATION

1:30–1:50 INTRODUCTION
Dr. Jehan Bagli, Timothy Harrison & Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi

1:50–2:25 ZOROASTRIANISM IN THE ACHAEMENID PERIOD
Maria Brosius, University of Toronto

2:25–3:00 PURE BODY: THE BARŠNŪM CEREMONY THROUGHOUT HISTORY
Miguel Angel Andres Toledo, University of Salamanca

3:00–3:35 THE EPIC OF SAMAK-E `AYYAR: A LITERARY COMPANION TO MITHRAIC MYTHOLOGY, ETHICS, AND SOCIAL PRAXIS
Parvaneh Pourshariati, New York City College of Technology


3:30–4:10 BREAK

4:10–4:45 DANTE AND WIRAZ: TWO OTHERWORLDLY TRAVELLERS
Enrico Raffaelli, University of Toronto

4:45–5:20 PARSI TRADERS AND TRAVELLERS: GLOBAL ZOROASTRIANS IN THE AGE OF EMPIRE
Jesse Palsetia, University of Guelph

5:20–6:00 ZOROASTRIANISM AND THE PROBLEM OF UNIVERSAL RELIGION IN THE EARLY MODERN ISLAMIC WORLD
Dan Sheffield, Princeton University


UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
DEPARTMENT OF NEAR AND MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES
TORONTO INITIATIVE FOR IRANIAN STUDIES

THE FEDERATION OF ZOROASTRIAN ASSOCIATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA,
ONTARIO ZOROASTRIAN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION,
AND ZOROASTRIAN SOCIETY OF ONTARIO

Click HERE for the Flyer

Exhibition of Parsi portraits at Ahmedabad


 Gujarat Mitra of Sunday 2nd December supplement on p.8 carries an article re exhibition of Parsi portraits of eminent Parsi men and ladies. Mr. Anil Relia, a serigrapher artist and collector of portraits is displaying his collection of Parsi portraits at Ahmedabad Gufa at Ahmedabad from 4th to 9th December. Parsi sethias of 19th century who went to China or Britain had their portraits made. Some of the portraits are by Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906). A portrait of Rustom-Sohrab of Shah Nameh fame made in 1620 will be on display. Water colour and oil paintings of famous Parsis will be on display. This exhibition brings alive glimpses of times past.(see attachment to view some portraits)

Marzban Giara

World Zoroastrian Youth Congress – Registrations Open!


Tell your kids! Tell your friends!

Register for the 2019 Zoroastrian Youth Congress

  • Who: 18-35 year old Zoroastrian Youth from around the world
  • What: Sign up for the World Zoroastrian Youth Congress today!
  • When: July 1-6, 2019
  • Where: Los Angeles, CA USA
  • Why: Learn about the Zoroastrian religion, network with peers and other professionals, and make new friends from around the world!
  • How: Click the “I’m an Early Bird” button below…use the code FIRST100 to get the early bird price of $399.99!
I’m an early bird! Sign me up!

What is a Youth Congress?

Theme: A Global Zarathusti.

As the first youth congress took place in California in over twenty-five years ago, this congress is a milestone event where we can recognize the progress and shortcomings that our community have faced over the last twenty-five years as the original youth groups have now transitioned into adulthood.  Now, it is time that we re-energize our youth and engage them again to build a better Zoroastrian community in an increasingly globalized world.

We plan on encouraging the youth to attend and take place in the ABC’s of the congress.

  • Academic: What updates have taken place in our understanding of the religious and historical literature regarding Zoroastrianism over the last twenty-five years?
  • Business:  What professional opportunities are Zoroastrians thriving in across the world and how can we continue to thrive professionally and entrepreneurially going forward?
  • Community: What can we do to reignite the flame as our community continues to expand across the world?
Sounds interesting! Sign me up!

EARLY BIRDS:  Register as soon as you can!

For the first 100 buyers, we have tickets available at US$ 399.99!

Use the coupon code: FIRST100

The ticket prices will increase significantly as time passes (up to $599) so buy now!
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Matrimonial meet – Ahmedabad – Oct. 2018


Hourly need for our Parsi young community members is that boys and girls getting married at right time of age.  Many young boys and girls [male and female] in absence of closeness amongst community members within same city, or are places far off residential place, not aware of right individuals who are ready to get married and start their own life. 

It has been a long that Ahmedabad had organized such events three times during last two decades.  Once again few likeminded individuals now well settled in their own life would like to arrange such a Matrimonial Meet for deserving Parsi Boys and Girls to establish their married life.    The idea is floored by one who had undertaken such an event previously.  Today same idea is well supported by many who would like to see next generation well set in their respective married life.   This idea is  well supported by a trust  Dhanjishaw and Manijeh Ghamir Charitable Trust [Ahmedabad] and PYLA [Parsi Youth League of Ahmedabad] are organizing this meet at Ahmedabad, for two days on Saturday-27 / Sunday 28 October, 2018.

 The event will take place in a Hotel for both the days where even lodging / boarding faciliites are arranged for the participants.  The participants will have to arrange their own for to / fro journey.  

 For any further information and details of this meet could be collected from Mrs. Kety Aspi Daruwala, Ahmedabad [11-B Nilkanth Colony, Kankaria, Ahmedabad [380 022] Cell Phone +91 99099 51509] or from Mr. Aspy Nariman Bharucha, Ahmedabad, using email id –    aspy.bharucha@gmail.com   and /or    aspy@bharucha.co.in. 

 We shall appreciate, if you kindly highlight the above in your esteemed weekly newspaper and oblige.   We shall intimate in due course of the event proposed for your editorial staff to participate.    

 

 Kety Aspy Daruwala

Convener

Matrimonial meet – Ahmedabad – 2018.

 

MATRIMONIAL MEET – REGISTRATION FORM

 

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