There And Back Again

This is just a quick post to say that I’m back from the conference about the Mandaeans in Oxford. It was really excellent. Even though the papers reflected many different angles on the Mandaeans – from anthropological perspectives on their current refugee plight to philological considerations about Mandaic magical bowls to mentions of the Mandaeans by Medieval authors writing in Arabic – I assume others felt as I did, that they all were interesting. It was a wonderful opportunity to make the acquaintance of most of the scholars who work on Mandaeism, as well as a number of Mandaeans who themselves attended the conference.

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