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The Mandaeans: Ancient Texts and Modern People

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley


The Mandaeans are a Gnostic sect that arose in the Middle East around the same time as Christianity. Although it is one of the few religious traditions that can legitimately claim a 2000‐year literary history, there has been very little written about them in English. What little study of the religion there has been has focused on the ancient Mandaeans and their relationship to early Christianity. This book examines the lives and religion of contemporary Mandaeans, who live mainly in Iran and Iraq but also in diaspora communities throughout the world, including New York and San Diego (USA). The ... More

Keywords: ancient texts, Gnosticism, Iran, Iraq, Mandaeans, Mandaeism, Middle East, myths, New York, religious communities, religious history, rituals, San Diego, texts, USA

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195153859
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195153855.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley, author
Bowdoin College
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