Book Series Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum : Subsidia, vol. 7

Dictionary of Manichaean Texts. Volume III, 2: Texts from Central Asia and China (Texts in Sogdian and Bactrian)

Second, Revised and Enlarged Edition

Nicholas Sims-Williams, Desmond Durkin-Meisterernst

  • Pages: xlvi + 323 p.
  • Size:210 x 297 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2022

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59452-1
  • Hardback
  • Available

Second, Revised and Enlarged Edition


Reviews about the first edition:

"This dictionary is a magnificent and extremely useful book, beautifully produced. It will serve as an authoritative reference work for Iranists in general and Sogdologists in particular, as well as for students of Manichaeism." (Oktor Skjaervo, in: Orientalistische Literaturzeitung, 2014, 109 (4-5), p. 499-502)

« Ce nouveau dictionnaire est un véritable outil de référence pour les iranistes, particulièrement ceux qui s’intéressent au manichéisme, mais aussi pour les spécialistes travaillant sur l’histoire de l’Asie centrale. » (Christelle Jullien, in Abstracta Iranica, 34-35-36, 2017)


This revised and substantially enlarged edition of the Dictionary of Manichaean Texts covers the vocabulary of all Manichaean (and anti-Manichaean) texts in Sogdian and Bactrian (material published up to 2020, including short passages and even individual words which have been cited in print). Unlike the first edition, it also contains a substantial amount of material from texts which are still unpublished, especially unusual or otherwise unattested words and expressions. As before, the volume contains a full bibliography, references to discussions in the scholarly literature, and numerous corrections to previously published readings and interpretations. It is completed by an English index. Providing an up-to-date analysis of all published Manichaean material in the Eastern Middle Iranian languages, the new edition of the Dictionary will continue to be an essential tool for everyone interested in Manichaeism, Iranian languages, or Central Asian history.