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Errichiello, Mariano (2024) 'Beyond the Theosophical Paradigm: Ilme kṣnum and the Entangled History of Modern Parsis.' Journal of Persianate Studies. (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

In the early twentieth century, an esoteric interpretation of Zoroastrianism known as Ilme kṣnum became popular among the Parsis of India. Although research on the subject is scant, most scholars suggest that Ilme kṣnum draws largely upon the ideas promoted by the Theosophical Society in India. By examining primary sources in Gujarati, the present article illustrates the interpretation of the Zoroastrian cosmology proposed by Ilme kṣnum. Through a comparative analysis of its main concepts and terms, Ilme kṣnum is historicized in the context of the relations of the Parsi community with the Persianate and Western worlds. By framing Ilme kṣnum as a reconciliation between Persianate and Western forms of knowledge, the present article looks at historical entanglements as resources for the Parsi quest for religious authenticity, placing Zoroastrianism in global religious history.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Parsi; Zoroastrian; theosophy; esotericism; entanglement; gholāt; India
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies
ISSN: 18747094
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1163/18747167-bja10039
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2024 07:33
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/41665

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