‘Historical’ Testimonia about Manichaeism and Manichaeans
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.
This chapter assembles and catalogs a number of testimonia which bear witness to the contestable vitality of Manichaeism as a religious identity in the Islamicate world.