Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Zoroastrianism: History, Religion, and Belief

SOAS University of London

This online course introduced the subject of Zoroastrianism, its history, languages and the key concepts of the religion. It covered the ancient world, imperial Iran, migration and settlement in India and the growth of the Parsi community under British colonial rule. Drawing on a rich visual repository of materials from the exhibition: 'Everlasting Flame, Zororoastrianism in History and Imagination', the course also explored the challenges faced by Zoroastrians today.

4 weeks, 3 hours per week


Sarah Stewart

SOAS Shapoorji Pallonji Senior Lecturer in Zoroastrianism

SOAS University of London


Learning outcomes

  • Identify the key elements of the Zoroastrian religion.
  • Trace an outline of Zoroastrianism in a historical context.
  • Explain some of the challenges faced by Zoroastrian communities today.
  • Discuss Zoroastrianism as both a majority and minority religion.
  • Analyse the source materials for the study of the religion.
  • Explore the Avestan language.
  • Recognise and interpret some Avestan terms.


  • a brief overview of the main teachings of the Zoroastrian faith enabling learners to situate its development in the context of world religions.
  • examining the centrality of fire in Zoroastrian doctrine, ritual and observance and allowing learners to link this to everyday devotional life and care for the planet.
  • an overview of the history of Zoroastrianism from antiquity to the present day presented in narrative form to be remembered more easily.
  • Current challenges facing Zoroastrian communities today. Learners will be encouraged to connect these to the historical events and circumstances.
  • An introduction to the ancient languages of Zoroastrian texts to equip learners with a better knowledge of how the texts evolved from oral to written transmission.

Issued on 26th August 2021

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Free online course:

Zoroastrianism: History, Religion, and Belief

SOAS University of London