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In: Islamic Philosophy, Science, Culture, and Religion
In: Islamic Cultures, Islamic Contexts
In: Arabic Humanities, Islamic Thought
This historical study argues that the Mandaean religion originated under Sasanid rule in the fifth century, not earlier as has been widely accepted. It analyzes primary sources in Syriac, Mandaic, and Arabic to clarify the early history of Mandaeism. This religion, along with several other, shorter-lived new faiths, such as Kentaeism, began in a period of state-sponsored persecution of Babylonian paganism. The Mandaeans would survive to become one of many groups known as Ṣābians by their Muslim neighbors. Rather than seeking to elucidate the history of Mandaeism in terms of other religions to which it can be related, this study approaches the religion through the history of its social contexts.

This brief prospectus addresses the potential and need to realize the full growth of Graeco-Arabic Studies as a field of training and as a part of a broad and inclusive Classical Near Eastern Studies integrating several fields usually construed as separate.

In: Intellectual History of the Islamicate World
In: From Sasanian Mandaeans to Ṣābians of the Marshes