Jivanji Jamshedji Modi

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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. One of "the most decorated priests in history",[1] 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.[1][2] During his lifetime he had been called "the greatest living authority on the ancient history and customs of the Parsis."[1]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 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)


  1. ^ a b c Shams-Ul-Ulama Dr. Sir Ervad Jivanji Jamshedji Modi, Vohuman.org, retrieved 2009-07-22, "... the most decorated priest in history ... "the greatest living authority on the ancient history and customs of the Parsis" ..." 
  2. ^ Zoroastrian Heroes: Jivanji Jamshedji Modi, Zoroastrian Association of Victoria, retrieved 2009-07-22, "... born on October 26th 1854 into a priestly family ... Secretary of the Bombay Parsi Panchayat for 37 years (1893 –1930) ... instrumental in having a Memorial Column a Sanjan Stambh erected at Sanjan, to commemorate the Sanjan landing of Zarthustis on Indian soil ..." 

External links[edit]

Collection of Works by Jivanji Jamshedji Modi - Online