The Twentieth Dasturji Dr Sohrabji H. Kutar Memorial Lecture – Thursday 25th May 2017
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Date(s) - 25/05/2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Russell Square, London

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The Department of Religions and Philosophies

In association with The World Zoroastrian Organisation

Presents the Twentieth

Dastur Dr Sohrab Hormasji Kutar Memorial Lecture

to be given by

Professor Jesse S Palsetia

University of Guelph, Canada 


“Parsi Traders and Travellers:

Global Zoroastrians in the Age of Empire”

Thursday, 25 May 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Khalili Lecture Theatre

SOAS, Russell Square, London

(Nearest Underground Station: Russell Square)

The lecture is followed by refreshments 

All are welcome


Jesse S. Palsetia is Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Guelph, Canada. He is a historian of India, and British imperialism, with specialisation on the history of Bombay city, and the Parsis of India. He is the author of two books, The Parsis of India: Preservation of Identity in Bombay City (Leiden: Brill, 2001; reprint, New Delhi: Manohar, 2008) and Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy of Bombay: Partnership and Public Culture in Empire (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2015).


Abstract: The lecture will examine the spread of the Parsis traders and travellers the 18th to 19th century. It details the ability of an Indian community to utilise imperial mechanisms and contacts to benefit the identity of their minority.