After over a millennium, the Zoroastrian faith is returning to its original habitat. The Ministry of Religion in the Iraqi Kurdistan capital Erbil has registered the religion, locally known as Zardashti, and suggested to the Kurdish government the ancient faith should be given its own directorate general and its believers be allowed to build new temples.
“Now it’s time,” says Nouri Sharif, one of the initiators of the
movement that established a Zoroastrian organization in Europe in 2006
and in March announced in Erbil its official return to Kurdistan. In
April, a Supreme Council of Zoroastrians in Kurdistan was founded.
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