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I. Spread of Mandaeism – II. History of Research – III. Texts – IV. Cosmology – V. Religious Hierarchy and Ritual

I. Spread of Mandaeism

Gnostic religion of the Mandaeans (lit. “knowing ones,” from Mandaean mandaʿ, “knowledge”). Mandaeans in Iran and Iraq prefer their passport classification “Sabaean” (see “people of the book,” Qurʾān 2:62; 5:69; 22:17). Adepts, generally priests, are called Naṣoreans.…

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Franzmann, Majella, “Mandaeism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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