Assistant Professor of Religion Jorunn Buckley, the world’s leading scholar on the Mandaeans – an endangered Middle Eastern religious sect – talks about how she became involved in human rights work on their behalf.
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In response to a question asked in a comment on another post, I would also like to mention the fact that, at present, the University of Sydney in Australia appears to be the only place where it is a straightforward option to pursue doctoral work in certain aspects of Mandaean studies. That doesn’t mean that one cannot find a way to do so elsewhere, but it may mean making a special arrangement to bring in an outside supervisor, or getting an internal one to supervise research well beyond their own area of focus.
I can only hope that the creation of the Society for Mandaean Studies will also lead to some attempt to rectify this state of affairs.