Reclaiming the Faravahar

Zoroastrian Survival in Contemporary Tehran

Navid Fozi

Reclaiming the Faravahar

Navid Fozi

Distributed for Leiden University Press

224 pages | 8 halftones, 1 illustration, 1 table | 6 x 9 1/5 | © 2014
Paper $59.50 ISBN: 9789087282141 Published March 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Reclaiming the Faravahar is the first ethnographic study of contemporary Zoroastrians in Tehran. Examining hundreds of ritual performances, Navid Fozi shows how Zoroastrians define their identity and values in an area long marked by conflict between the Shi‘a and Sunnis. He focuses on two main concerns for Zoroastrians: continuity with the past as evidenced by their claim to be the most authentic Iranians, as well as their attempts to stand apart from the dominant Shi‘a. Fozi also provides a look at the challenges Zoroastrians have faced over the centuries while exploring how today’s members are working to remain relevant in a tumultuous regional and global context. 
Review Quotes
Jamsheed K. Choksy, Indiana University
“Fozi explores the vitality of a venerable minority’s ideas and culture, how these survive, and how they are transmitted through circumstances both conducive and adverse. He utilizes data from extensive fieldwork and convincingly combines that information with previous studies by Mary Boyce, Michael Fischer, and myself. This book is ultimately not just a unique study of contemporary Zoroastrians but of public and private permutations within Iranian society as a whole in the 21st century.”
Charles Lindholm, Boston University
“In clear and concise fashion, Navid Fozi’s brilliant Reclaiming the Faravahar captures the historical narratives, symbolic performances, and conceptualizations of tradition that the beleaguered Zoroastrian community mobilizes in the hostile environment of Shi’ite Iran. Plus, he provides an unusual glimpse of his own struggle to portray a world where secrecy is a prerequisite for survival. This insightful book is well worth reading not only by area experts, but also by anyone interested in the study of minorities.”
Charles Hirschkind, University of California, Berkeley
“Fozi has given us an insightful and ethnographically rich exploration of how the post-revolutionary Iranian state has sought to regulate and circumscribe the practices of the Zoroastrian community, and how that community has adapted its own traditions in order to survive under such conditions. An important contribution to the anthropological study of non-Muslim minorities in Muslim majority states.”
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