Jamsheed K. Choksy: Happiness in the Zoroastrian Tradition of Iran & India

/ University of Toronto Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies


Jamsheed K. Choksy


May 12, 2023

In this episode, join host, Yasamin Jameh, in deciphering ancient notions of joy and happiness in the Zoroastrian traditions of Iran and India.  

Welcome to the Season 3 finale of Parse! The 30th of Parse is an excerpt from a talk given by Dr. Jamsheed K. Choksy on Happiness in the Zoroastrian Traditions of Iran and India.  
Choksy is a Distinguished Professor and Director of the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, and Interim Chairperson of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. Choksy is considered one of the foremost authorities on Iran, India, Islam, and Zoroastrianism, combining historical understanding to discuss modern issues and topics. In 2008, He was nominated by US President George W. Bush and confirmed by the US Senate as a member of the Council overseeing the National Endowment for the Humanities; a position he served in until 2019. He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Asiatic Society. He is the author of Purity and Pollution in Zoroastrianism (published in 1989), Conflict and Cooperation in Medieval Iranian Society (published in 1997), and Evil, Good, and Gender in Zoroastrian Religious History (published in 2002). 
To watch the full talk, click here: ⁠Zoroastrian Studies Seminar Series -12 May 2023⁠