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Pourdavoud Center Workshop: Current Trends in Manichaeism Studies Day 2
The origin of the Manichaean religion stands at the intersection of multiple cultural worlds: Iranian, Semitic, & Greco-Roman. Its literary and artistic remains enrich our understanding of those cultures and the exchange that went on among them in late antiquity. The scholars assembled for this workshop offer the latest insights obtained from the painstaking work of extracting information from the fragmentary and effaced relics of this religion with the aid of new research technologies and approaches. They report on work in progress related specifically to conditions and developments in 3rd century CE Iran in which Mani and Manichaeism served as a cultural catalyst, explaining how these new insights are reshaping our understanding of both the religion and the world in which it emerged.
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Iain Gardner, Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Sydney
New Research and Sources for the Life of Mani
About Iain Gardner
Iain Gardner is Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Sydney, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. He is a Coptic and Manichaean studies specialist who has edited many original documents from late antiquity. His recent study of historiography, The Founder of Manichaeism, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020.
Jason BeDuhn, Professor of the Comparative Study of Religions and Asian Studies at Northern Arizona University
Manichaean Interpretation of Iranian Religious Traditions
About Jason BeDuhn
Jason BeDuhn is Professor of the Comparative Study of Religions and Asian Studies at Northern Arizona University. A former Guggenheim Fellow and National Humanities Center Fellow, and currently an advisor to UNESCO’s Atlas of the Silk Road project, he is the author of The Manichaean Body in Discipline and Ritual (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000); Augustine’s Manichaean Dilemma (University of Pennsylvania Press, vol. 1 2010, vol. 2 2013); and The First New Testament: Marcion’s Scriptural Canon (Polebridge, 2013). His current research explores intersections between the Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian, Buddhist, and Manichaean religious traditions.