The Zoroastrian Society of Ontario is planning a symposium to explore different perspectives of the Zoroastrian faith. The event is co-sponsored by Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA), Zoroastrian Society of Ontario (ZSO) and World Zoroastrian Organization (WZO).
Jehan Bagli one of the organizers told WZNN’s correspondent that the conference will discuss cultural and historical perspective of the Zoroastrian faith.
The conference was first planned to be held in the city of Thornhill in Canada, but the location has changed to “Mehraban Guiv Dare Mehr” at 3590 Bayview Ave in the city of North York, Ontario. The conference is scheduled for Sunday March 29,2009 from 9am-6pm.
In this conference Dr. Oktor Skjaervo (professor of Iranian Studies at Harvard University) will have a speech on “Zoroastrian Literature as a Part of the Cultural Heritage of Modern Zoroastrians”. Dr. Jennifer Rose, Professor of Zoroastrian Studies at Claremont Graduate University, will also give a talk about “Keepers of the Flame: The Early Zoroastrians of Central Asia”.
Another speaker is Dr. Maria Subtelny who is Professor of Persian and Islamic Studies at University of Toronto. She will talk about “The Water of Omniscience and the Milk of Knowledge: Zoroastrian Elements in the Apocalypse of Muhammad”. Dr. Jamsheed Choksy from Central Eurasian Studies-Indiana University will also present his paper on “How a Minority Adapts: Zoroastrians in Ceylon/Sri Lanka from Antiquity to the Present.”
Registration can be done by contacting Jehan Bagli (647-344-3531), Pervaze Rabadi (905-846-6177) or Nozer Kotwal (905-820-0461). Registration fee is $8.00 for Adults and $5.00 ofr youth under 25.