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Bush names Jamshed Choksy to Humanities Council

Bush nominated Mumbai-born Jamshed Kersasp Choksy to the Council, which is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The nominations of Choksy and other members to the 26-member body await Senate confirmation.His research examines the development of sectarian communities in Central Asia, the Near East and South Asia — where he has traveled extensively — through interdisciplinary approaches involving anthropology, archeology, history, languages, linguistics, literatures, numismatics and religious studies. Professor Choksy is the author of three books: Evil, Good, and Gender: Facets of the Feminine in Zoroastrian Religious History (Peter Lang Publishers, 2002); Conflict and Cooperation: Zoroastrian Subalterns and Muslim Elites in Medieval Iranian Society (Columbia University Press, 1997); and Purity and Pollution in Zoroastrianism: Triumph over Evil (University of Texas Press, 1989).

He is writing a book on the history of Iranian religions for the Harvard University Press and is an associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender (Macmillan, 2007).

Nowruz may be part of UNESCO heritage

Iran will play host to the final review session regarding the application of Nowruz to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in May.

Nowruz is the start of the Iranian New Year and marks the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere on March 21st.

The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) defines intangible or living heritage as including oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social practices and festive events, knowledge and practices about nature and the universe and traditional craftsmanship.


Parsism or Zoroastrianism is about 2600 years old and finds its origin in Persia. The religion was founded by Spenta Zarathustra or Zoroaster, who is considered as the Prophet of the Parsis. Zoroastrian practice is based on the responsibility of every man and woman to choose between good and evil, and to respect God’s creations. Prophet Zarathustra, who lived in Iran in 6000 BC, expounded a dualistic philosophy, based on the opposing powers of the good and the evil. Zarathustra preached the oneness of god and believed that Ahura Mazda was the one and only god, who is formless and has six great aspects called the Amesha-Spentas. These are Ardibehest, Bahman, Shahrivar, Spendarmad, Khordad and Amardad. The mortals can worship Him in one of these forms. The Parsis believe that the Ahura Mazda is eternally in conflict with Angra Mainyu or Ahirman, who represents the evil force. Man has a free will to align himself to good or evil. Soul is immortal and upon death, the good go to Heaven and evil fall into Hell. The Parsis believe in the coming of the Saoshyant (Saviour) to the earth to defeat evil and further righteousness (Ashoi). They belief that when the Saoshyant comes, the final spiritual battle between the forces of good and evil will commence, resulting in the utter destruction of evil. Ristakhiz, the resurrection of the dead will take place – the dead will rise, by the Will of Ahura Mazda. The Final Judgement of all souls will commence, at the hands of Ahura Mazda the Judge (Davar) and all sinners punished, then forgiven, and humanity made immortal and free from hunger, thirst, poverty, old age, disease and death.

Zoroastrian News Agency (ZNA)

Dear Fellow Zarathushti (follower of Zarathushtra, Zartosht or Zoroaster):As the need for the Zoroastrian community to keep in touch with its members globally is rapidly on the rise, we have set forth to establish the Zoroastrian News Agency (ZNA), which will cover unbiased news related to all aspects of our greater community worldwide.
The news may be of local, national and global interest on events and issues affecting the community. This information may include but will not be limited to a wide variety of topics such as births, engagements, weddings, great achievements, Sedreh Pushi/Navjotes, deaths, community events, public service announcements, celebrations, ceremonies/Jashans, media links, etc.
There will not be any personal forums, discussions, arguments, articles, or public feedback on this portal, as there are numerous other appropriate groups, weblogs and venues available on the internet for interactive discussions. ZNA intends only to distribute uneditorialized information to its subscribers.
The news will be archived on a web site for future reference, and the subject line of the news will carry enough information to
classify the news, so readers can choose only matters of interest to them. It will also be possible to filter out topics automatically.
Readers may also change the message delivery option to “Daily Digest”, so at most one email that includes all Z-News for any particular day, if any, will be received. In addition, one can choose to receive the news at a preferred email address if Yahoo is not one’s primary or default account. Instructions for changing these options shall be provided upon request.
If you are interested in receiving the Z-News, please kindly provide us with your full name and geographical location (i.e., city and country).
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