Journal No.61 (1997)

This issue of the Journal contains five thoughtful papers on diverse subjects written by eminent scholars in the field.

Ms Mridula Ramanna’s paper titled “Voices from the Ninettenth Century” is based on an autobiography by Dosebai Cowasjee Jessawalla (nee Shroff) who was said to be the first woman to have received an English education in Bombay. The author successfully attempts to bring to light a nineteenth century perspective that could be useful in an analysis of the Indian woman’s response to social change.

The next article, “Indian Place Names Reminiscent of Ancient Iran” by Dasturji Dr Hormazdiar K Mirzashows how some towns in Gujarat have names with a definite affinity to places in Iran.

Cheragh Ali Azmi’s paper, “Notes on Sīn or Šīn” differentiates between three people who bore the name of Sīn or Šīns and were among the promoters of the Zoroastrian religion.

 “Geo-cultural Scenario and Vedic and Indo-Iranian Texts” is the title of Dr P. V. Pathak’s paper. The author was a Junior Fellow of the K R Cama Oriental Institute in 1996 – 1997 and researched this article under the guidance of Dr S A Upadhyaya. The article explores the relationships and geo-cultural contacts of the Indo-Vedic culture with Near Eastern civilisations and gives an interpretation of various seals discovered in different locations.

Bapsy M Giara was the recipient of the first prize in a global essay competition sponsored by this institute along with the World Zoroastrian Association, London and the Zartoshty Brothers Charitable Foundation. Ms. Giara’s essay titled “But for Them Zoroastrianism Would Have Been Extinct From Iran” which is reproduced here, covers the contribution of important social reformers who brought about a religious awakening among the Zoroastrians of Iran.

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