To go with AFP story ‘Pakistan-unrest-religion-minorities-Parsi’, FEATURE by Issam AHMED This photograph taken on February 25, 2015, shows Pakistani Parsi (Zoroastrian) priests Jehangir Noshik (L) and Jal Dinshaw (R) sitting at their prayer place in Karachi. For more than 1,000 years, Parsis have thrived in South Asia but an ageing population and emigration to the West driven by instability in Pakistan means the tiny community of ‘fire worshippers’ could could soon be consigned to the country’s history books. AFP PHOTO / Rizwan TABASSUM
The Parsees (Parsis) are descendants of the Zoroastrians who fled from Persia (now Iran) for about 200 years between the 8th to 10th centuries CE to avoid persecution by the Arab Muslim invaders of Persia¹; they settled around Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India.
According to Wikipedia:²
The word پارسیان, pronounced “Parsian”, i.e. “Parsi” in the Persian language literally means Persian. Persian is the official language of modern Iran, which was formerly known as Persia, and the Persian language‘s endonym is Farsi, an arabization of the word Parsi.²
² Op. cit.