In a lively, illustrated presentation, Dr. Jennifer Rose, professor of religion at Claremont Graduate University, will provide an introduction to the Zoroastrian religion, one of the world’s oldest surviving belief systems. From its origins in Bronze Age Central Asia to its evolution across three powerful Iranian empires, and its expansion to India, Europe, and North America, Zoroastrianism has had a profound impact on surrounding cultures and religions.
Dr. Rose’s talk will explore these points of interaction by tracing the religion’s history in relation to artifacts on display in The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination, an upcoming exhibition at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London), as well as objects in the Cyrus Cylinder exhibition on view at the Asian Art Museum. Images from Dr. Rose’s recent travels in Iran and Central Asia will be included in her presentation, which will be followed by a Q&A. Participants will have the chance to view a rare artifact newly acquired by the Asian Art Museum—a silver Muktad bowl, used by Parsis (Zoroastrians from India) to hold flowers in memory of the departed during the last 10 days of the Zoroastrian year.
Dr. Jennifer Rose, adjunct professor of Zoroastrian studies in the Department of Religion at Claremont Graduate University, holds an MA in religious studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, and a PhD in Ancient Iranian studies from Columbia University, New York.
She has published extensively, including two recent books—Zoroastrianism: An Introduction (I.B. Tauris) and Zoroastrianism: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum). As well as lecturing at universities, museums and Zoroastrian Association events in North America and Europe, Dr. Rose also leads tours to important archaeological, cultural and devotional sites in Iran and Central Asia. She serves on the advisory panel for The Everlasting Flame exhibition about Zoroastrianism, on view at London’s SOAS this fall.