SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

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

Iain Gardner (University of Sydney)

Date: 2 June 2016Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 2 June 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G 51a

Type of Event: Annual Lecture

Seminar 2

It appears clear that Mani embarked on a public career as a preacher, healer and wise man, debating with leading sages of the time and gaining adherents from the varied religious communities that he encountered. He travelled widely within Iran and Mesopotamia and even beyond to India, and he sought to convert kings and members of the aristocracy at the courts of the Sasanian empire. In this seminar I will examine Mani’s missions and the community he founded within the context of the many intellectual, spiritual and doctrinal traditions with which he interacted. These include both Zoroastrianism and Buddhism, as well as the scientific lore of the time.

Organiser: Dr Erica Hunter

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