Paper Information

Journal:   TAHQIQAT-E TARIKH-E EJTEMAI (SOCIAL HISTORY STUDIES)   SPRING-SUMMER 2012 , Volume 2 , Number 1; Page(s) 25 To 51.
 
Paper: 

THE GOVERNMENT’S APPROACH TOWARD ZOROASTERIANS IN NASERI ERA

 
 
Author(s):  TASHAKKORI ALI AKBAR*
 
* HISTORY DEPARTMENT IN UNIVERSITY OF YAZD
 
Abstract: 

The background of Zoroasterians’ presence in Yazd goes back to the early times of Islam in Iran. The invasion of Timurlang and disastors that it caused in Khorasan and the northern part of the country had some impacts. That event turned Yazd into an attractive center for Zoroasterians, for it was removed far away from the center of upheavals. Besides the fact the impacts of this particular background on the social life of Yazd extended to the coming periods, it has been important in many ways in the Naseri era also. Many happenings like the increment of pressure of majority on minorities, the impacts of British support of Parsians’ relationships with Zoroasterians in India, appearance of men like Amir Kabir and Mirza Hosain Khan Sepahsalar on the political scene, whose efforts aimed at protecting the rights of the minotities, created a favorable background for interaction between political men and Zorasterians. Therefore, the present article tries to answer two questions based on the newly found documents; how much the measurs that Amir Kabir who set forth for improvement of the situation of minorities had influnced their image, and also, along with the reformist attitudes of Naseri era the British support and the function of the society of Akaber Parsian had influenced on the abolishment of tax paid by Zoroasterians.

 
Keyword(s): YAZD, ZOROASTERIANS, AMIR KABIR, MIRZA HOSAIN KHAN SEPAHSALAR, SOCIETY OF AKABER PARSIAN, NASSER AL-DIN SHAH, MANECKJI
 
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