Primary Sources: Gujarati

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With the establishment of the Gujarat Sultanate and the beginning of the Revāyat correspondance with the priests of Iran, Zoroastrians for several centuries came to write in Persian, rather than in Gujarati, and literary compositions in the Gujarati vernacular only begin to appear in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Gujarati language was deeply affected by the Persian literary cosmopolis that linked India and Iran during the early modern period, and the vocabulary and literary forms of New Persian have left deep traces in Parsi Gujarati writing. By the 19th century, Gujarati became the dominant language of composition for Parsis, and Gujarati literacy spread widely with the availability of cheap printed material. As early adopters of the printing press, Parsis wrote and published thousands of books, pamphlets, newspapers, and journals. Few adequate grammatical descriptions of the Parsi Gujarati dialect (literary or spoken) exist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781118785539
ISBN (Print)9781444331356
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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  • General Arts and Humanities


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