Tracing the history of Parsi settlement in India upto the mid-nineteenth century, Stiles recounts how it was essential for the community to accept the Hindu caste system, the refusal to interdine, intermarry or convert like their Hindu hosts, thus ensuring both their survival and status.

A wealth of research and lucid narration distinguish The Death of Ahriman, an original dissertation on the basis of which Stiles was awarded her Doctorate in history from the University of Arizona. It is Stile’s thesis that “the Parsis have never been a static community,” that the impact of modernity was “the continuation of transformations in process.” Her analysis makes for cogent, provocative and fascinating reading.

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