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Painting of a Sindhi (left) and a Parsi (right) from a series of twelve paintings, ca.1850 in Sindh, Pakistan.

The Parsis are a ethnic and religious group in India and Pakistan who follow Zoroastrianism. They are descendants of Persians who moved to the region to escape religious persecution during the Arab conquest of the Persian Empire. There are only around 60-70 thousand Parsis in both India and Pakistan.[1][2][3][4]

The term "Parsi" comes from the Persian language word (پارسی), meaning "inhabitant of Pārs (Persia)" or Persian.[5]

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  1. Skutsch, Carl (2013-11-07). Encyclopedia of the World's Minorities. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-19388-1.
  2. Nicholson, Rashna Darius (2021-02-27). The Colonial Public and the Parsi Stage: The Making of the Theatre of Empire (1853-1893). Springer Nature. ISBN 978-3-030-65836-6.
  3. Notezai, Muhammad Akbar (2016-07-22). "The untold story of Quetta's Parsi community". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2023-12-12.
  4. "Why is India's wealthy Parsi community vanishing?". BBC News. 2016-01-09. Retrieved 2023-12-12.
  5. Parsee, n. and adj. - Oxford English Dictionary. Retrieved on 2023-12-12.