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Iranian Zoroastrian diaspora

Migration A–Z

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  1. Richard Foltz

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm312

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Foltz, R. 2013. Iranian Zoroastrian diaspora. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Zoroastrianism was the state religion of Iran prior to the Arab Muslim conquests in the mid-7th century. From that time onwards ever-increasing numbers of Iranians converted to Islam, for a wide range of reasons including, but not limited to, positive inducements such as economic or social benefits and negative ones such as persecution. Within a few centuries Zoroastrians were reduced to a tiny minority in the land where their faith originated.

Keywords:

  • Asia;
  • diaspora;
  • revolution;
  • transnationalism;
  • assimilation and exclusion