Prolegomena to a History of Islamicate Manichaeism - John C. Reeves

Prolegomena to a History of Islamicate Manichaeism - John C. Reeves

Biographical Testimonia about Mani

Prolegomena to a History of Islamicate Manichaeism - John C. Reeves

John C. Reeves [+-]
University of North Carolina
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 and the medieval era. 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, 2005); editor of Tracing the Threads (Scholars Press, 1994) and Bible and Qur’ān (Society of Biblical Literature, 2003); and has published numerous articles exploring aspects of the literary and historical relationships among the varieties of indigenous, Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian, Gnostic and Muslim communities.


Our intention in this chapter is not to produce indubitable certitude by resolving these various issues, but is simply to present the relevant data that is contributed by Islamicate sources to the delineation of Mani’s life and career in order that present and future researchers might enjoy an unimpeded recourse to the broadest range of relevant material. The chapter sub-divides into three sections: (1) a series of brief chronological and synchronic notices pertaining to Mani’s floruit culled from Syriac and Arabic sources; (2) an assemblage of materials for the recovery of what possibly are authentic biographical trajectories, largely recognizable from the evidence contributed by newly discovered sources like the Cologne Mani Codex, but often blended with brief accounts or traditions which betray a dependence upon the hagiographic portrayals surviving in Coptic and Middle Iranian Manichaean works; and (3) a presentation of the polemical themes deriving from the Acta Archelai and its satellites.

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Reeves, John C.. Biographical Testimonia about Mani. Prolegomena to a History of Islamicate Manichaeism. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 21 - 84 Nov 2011. ISBN 9781781790380. Date accessed: 22 Sep 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19745. Nov 2011

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