Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Thesis

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Timothy Burke


Nash’s thesis focuses on the history of Parsi identity in India and Luhrmann’s The Good Parsi. Nash argues that The Good Parsi falsely presumes that experiences of colonialism can be applied transculturally and thus misinterprets the colonial experience of the Parsi community. Instead, Nash argues that Parsi identity developed continuously, reacting to changes such as colonialism in ways consistent with their beliefs and focusing on the goal of maintaining their identity. This thesis traces Parsi identity through interactions with the British, economic, political, and social developments, and modern issues of intermarriage and diaspora.