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Jivanji Jamshedji Modi

Indian Zoroastrian priest
The basics
Occupation Writer
Country India
AKA Jivanji Modi
Date of birth
Date of death 1933
Authority Openlibrary id Library of congress id VIAF id ISNI id
The details

Dr. Sir Ervad Jivanji Jamshedji Modi (1854-1933), who also carried the title of Shams-ul-Ulama, was a prominent Zoroastrian Indian priest, scholar and community leader in Bombay. One of "the most decorated priests in history", he wrote over 70 books, produced over 120 scholarly papers on Zoroastrian history, traveled and researched into Zoroastrian affairs extensively and was instrumental in organizing the Parsi community in India. During his lifetime he had been called "the greatest living authority on the ancient history and customs of the Parsis."

Honors and awards

  • B.A. (Bombay University, 1876)
  • Fellow of the University of Bombay (1887)
  • Dip. Litteris et Artibus (Sweden, 1889)
  • Shams-Ul-Ulama (Government of British India, 1893)
  • Officier d’Academie (France, 1898)
  • Officier de l’Instruction Publique (France, 1903)
  • Ph.D. (Honoris Causa, Heidelberg, 1912)
  • Honorary Correspondent of the Archaeological Department of the Government of India (1914)
  • C.I.E. (1917); Campbell Medalist B.B. Royal Asiatic Society (1918)
  • Honorary Member of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (1923)
  • Chevalier de Legion d’Honneur (France, 1925)
  • Officier de Croix de Merit (Hungary 1925)
  • British Knighthood (1930)
  • LL.D. (Honoris Causa, Bombay University 1931)

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