Society for Mandaean Studies

At the recent ARAM conference on the Mandaeans, a topic which some of us had discussed previously was brought up, namely the creation of a Society for Mandaean Studies. Matthew Morgenstern has responded by setting up a Facebook page to get the process underway to formally bring such an organization into existence. If you are [Read More...]

The End of the 2013 ARAM Conference on the Mandaeans

The ARAM conference on the Mandaeans officially ended at 7pm this evening (although some of us hung out afterwards). Here is a final photo we took in front of the Oriental Institute with most of the attendees: This includes the scholars as well as some Mandaeans who attended not because they are academics, but because [Read More...]

The Mandaean Refugee Crisis

The last two presentations were by Erica Hunter and by Layla al-Roomi and another Mandaean, and they focused on the situation of Mandaeans today. Mandaeans face discrimination and persecution in their historic homelands in Iran and Iran, and in the diaspora they face the difficulty of trying to preserve their heritage when they may have [Read More...]

Pihta and Polemic in the Mandaean Canonical Prayerbook

Jorunn Buckley's paper at the ARAM conference on the Mandaeans focused on a series of prayers focused on the pihta, a special bread used in Mandaean ritual. There are references and allusions to other groups which are viewed as not making or eating the bread in an appropriate manner.   I think that CP357 is [Read More...]

Female Figures in Mandaean Religious Art

The first presentation this morning was by Sandra van Rompaey and was about the way female figures are depicted in Mandaean religious art. There are distinctive features, such as how the bodies are shaded and whether they have hair. But there is also a parity, an equality to male beings, in how they are depicted, [Read More...]

Mandaean Banquet

One nice feature of the ARAM conference on the Mandaeans is having a banquet one night. Last time as well as this time, it was held at Al-Shami Lebanese Restaurant. In addition to being attended by scholars working on some aspect of Mandaean life, literature, history, or Mandaic language, some Mandaeans living in the UK [Read More...]

Proceedings from Previous ARAM Conferences on the Mandaeans

It was good to see that the proceedings from previous conferences on the Mandaeans – in 2007 and 2009 – have finally appeared in print. There is a display copy here!   [Read more...]

Conference Papers (ARAM Conference on the Mandaeans, Morning Session, 8 July 2013)

The ARAM conference on the Mandaeans started this morning, and my paper was in the first session. It was well received and generated interesting discussion and questions. I will share the paper at some point, but the main point is easily summarized. Mandaean literature mentions the name of Jerusalem far more frequently than other literature [Read More...]

Wadham College, Oxford

Today the ARAM conference on the Mandaeans will be starting at the Oriental Institute here in Oxford, England. Oxford is such a great city, and I am staying at bed & breakfast accommodations at Wadham College. The rooms are very nice ones in a modern building, but that building is situated within a very historic [Read More...]

En Route to Oxford

I’m leaving today for Oxford in England, to attend the ARAM conference on the Mandaeans at the Oriental Institute. I hope to be able to blog, and blog about the conference. But I have scheduled some posts to appear over the next few days, just to be safe. Depending on internet access, I may or [Read More...]

Charles Häberl on Mandaean History and the Haran Gawaita

Charles Haberl has posted a couple of things on his blog Philogastry, about a particularly intriguing Mandaean text, known as Haran Gawaita or “The Great Revelation”: Legends and Lore in the Great Revelation Legends and Lore in the Great Revelation, continued I also came across an article by E. S. Drower, “Mandaean Writings,” that has [Read More...]


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