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Prolegomena to a History of Islamic Manichaeism by John C. Reeves

Prolegomena to a History of Islamic Manichaeism


Prolegomena to a History of Islamic Manichaeism by John C. Reeves

This book provides an anthology of sources highlighting Manichaeism, a gnostic religion which flourished largely clandestinely in the Near East, Central Asia, and China until the beginning of the seventeenth century. It translates and discusses the importance of a number of Arabic, Syriac, and Hebrew testimonies for a proper understanding of the cultural importance of what most scholars consider to be the first 'world religion.' Many of these sources are translated here into English for the first time.

About the Author

John C. Reeves, Blumenthal Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, specializes in the study of the history of religions of the Near East in late antiquity. He is the author of Jewish Lore in Manichaean Cosmogony (HUC Press, 1992), Heralds of That Good Realm (Brill, 1996), and Trajectories in Near Eastern Apocalyptic (Society of Biblical Literature, forthcoming 2004); editor of Tracing the Threads (Scholars Press, 1994) and Bible and Qur' n (Society of Biblical Literature, 2003); and has published numerous articles exploring intertextual relationships in late antiquity and the medieval era among varieties of Judaism, Christianity, gnostic communities, and Islam.

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Publication date

1st December 2011


John C. Reeves

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Equinox Publishing Ltd


256 pages




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