The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
Mary Boyce (1920-2006)
LONDON, (CAIS) -- Iran has lost one of her greatest admirers, Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies Mary Boyce, which passed away on April 4 at the age of 86.
Iranists regarded her as the most prominent expert of Iranian culture and
professor of Iranian studies was born in 1920 and spent part of her early life
in India. She received a Ph.D. in Oriental studies from Cambridge
University in 1945 for a thesis on a subject in Manichaeism.
her appointment at the University of London School of Oriental and African
Studies (SOAS), first as a lecturer in 1947 and subsequently as a professor in
1963, she came to devote her life on the study of Zoroastrian religion.
She has published numerous books and articles on the history of Zoroastrian religion and the evolution of its divine rituals and doctrines. She spent some time in Kerman, Yazd and Sharifabad amongst the Zoroastrian communities learning about their traditions.
Boyce was one of the leading figure concerning research on Zoroastrianism in the
second half of the twentieth century.
She had also taught many Iranian and foreign experts in the fields of Iranian history, culture, and language such as the late Mehrdad Bahar.
May Ahura Mazda bless her immortal soul.
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