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Department of Religions and Philosophies

Jordan Lectures in Comparative Religion

The semi-annual Jordan Lectures in Comparative Religion were established in 1951 in honour of Rev. Louis Henry Jordan (1855-1923), a pioneer in the comparative religion.

Over the years, the Jordan Lectures have been delivered by many distinguished scholars, and most of them were subsequently published in book form.

The last Jordan Lectures in Comparative Religions were held in 2014 by Professor Witzel, Wales Professor of Sanskrit at Harvard University, USA.

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Forthcoming Events

Jordan Lectures 2016 – The Many Lives of Mani: Inter-Religious Polemic and Scholarly Controversy

Iain Gardner (University of Sydney)

Keynote lecture: This lecture looks at the ways in which Mani was remembered by his followers, caricatured by his opponents, and has been invented and reinvented according to the vagaries of scholarly fashion.

31 May 2016, Brunei Gallery, B 104, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Jordan Lectures 2016 – Mani’s Background and Early Life: Who was He and What did He Think He was Doing?

Iain Gardner (University of Sydney)

Seminar 1: This seminar discusses and compares the varied pictures of Mani, including topics such as his origins, name and the religious experiences that he claimed.

1 June 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, G 51a, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Jordan Lectures 2016 – Mani’s Career as the ‘Apostle of Jesus Christ’: His Missions and the Community he Founded

Iain Gardner (University of Sydney)

Seminar 2: This seminar examines Mani’s missions and the community he founded within the context of the many intellectual, spiritual and doctrinal traditions with which he interacted.

2 June 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, G 51a, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Jordan Lectures 2016 – Mani’s Death: Inter-Religious Conflict in Early Sasanian Iran and the Memory of the Apostle

Iain Gardner (University of Sydney)

Seminar 3: This seminar examines the various available sources, and question the factual and counter-factual memory of the apostle preserved into the medieval and modern world.

3 June 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, G 3, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM