Book Series Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum – Analecta Manichaica, vol. 1

Manichaeism East and West

Samuel N.C. Lieu, Nils Arne Pedersen, Enrico Morano, Erica Hunter (eds)

  • Pages: approx. 260 p.
  • Size:210 x 297 mm
  • Illustrations:2 b/w, 28 col., 2 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2017

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-57457-8
  • Hardback
  • Available

The volume contains the proceedings of the eigth international symposium of the International Assocation of Manichaean Studies covering all major aspects of Manichaean studies.


“Overall, Manichaeism East and West offers a glimpse of the most current work on this transregional ancient religion. It is a must for all research libraries, as well as scholars interested in the various Manichaean traditions of the ancient Near East, China, and the Roman Empire.” (Mattias Brand, in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, 56, 2019, p. 396)

“As this brief survey indicates, Manichaeism East and West offers a collection of high-quality papers dealing with both historic and current themes in the study of Manichaeism. It makes an important contribution to Manichaean scholarship, as well to emergent academic concerns with the origins of global histories, and highlights the important contribution made by the followers of Mani to this field.” (Nicholas J. Baker-Brian, in Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 70, 2019, p. 584)

"Par la variété des thématiques abordées, le volume intéressera sans conteste un grand nombre d'étudiants et de chercheurs, au-delà même des spécialistes du manichéisme." (Anna Van den Kerchove, in Apocrypha, 31, 2020, p. 253)


Professor Samuel N.C. Lieu, FAHA, FRSN is co-director of the Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum project and was until recently Inaugrual Distinguished Professor of Ancient History at Macquarie University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales.


This new volume brings the research on many aspects of the texts published in the Corpus up to date and signals new texts to appear in the Corpus. It includes important studies on the scientific dating of the Medinet Madi, codices as well as the newly discovered Manichaean texts in Chinese and Parthian from Xiapu in South China.


Dilâ BARAN TEKIN, Mani and his teachings according to Islamic sources: An introductory study

Jason BEDUHN and Greg HODGINS, The date of the Manichaean codices from Medinet Madi, and its significance

Adam BENKATO, Incipits and Explicits in Iranian Manichaean texts

Fernando BERMEJO RUBIO, Violence and Myth: Some reflections on an aspect of the Manichaean Protology and Eschatology

Iris COLDITZ, On the names of ‘Donors’ in Middle Iranian Manichaean texts

Jean-Daniel DUBOIS, The Coptic Manichaean Psalm to Jesus (N° 245)

Majella FRANZMANN, FAHA, The Elect Cosmic Body and Manichaeism as an exclusive religion

Iain GARDNER, FAHA, and Leyla RASOULI-NARIMANI, Patīg and Pattikios in the Manichaean sources

Matthew GOFF, Wild Cannibals or Repentant Sinners? The value of the Manichaean Book of Giants for understanding the Qumran Book of Giants

Zsuzsanna GULASCI, Exploring the relic function of Mani’s Seal Stone in the Biblio-thèque nationale de France

Gábor KÓSA, Adamas of Light in the Cosmology Painting

Claudia LEURINI, The Messiah in Iranian Manichaean Texts

Samuel LIEU, FAHA, FRSN, Manichaeism East and West (Presidential Address)

Rea MATSANGOU, Real and Imagined Manichaeans in Greek Patristic anti-Manichaica (4th-6th centuries)

Enrico MORANO, Manichaean Sogdian poems

Nils Arne PEDERSEN, Observations on the Book of the Giants from Coptic and Syriac Sources

Flavia RUANI, John of Dara on Mani: Manichaean Interpretations of Genesis 2:17 in Syriac

Jonathan SMITH, Persia, Sun, Fire, Execution, and Mercy: Jean Baudrillard’s postmodern reception of Charles Allberry’s A Manichaean Psalm-Book, Part II (1938)

Christos THEODOROU, Heavenly Garment and Christology in Western Manichaean Sources

Satoshi TODA, Some Observations on Greek Words in Coptic Manichaean Texts

Yutaka YOSHIDA, FBA, Middle Iranian Terms in the Xiapu Chinese texts: Four aspects of the Father of Greatness in Parthian