SOAS University of London

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

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

Iain Gardner (University of Sydney)

Date: 3 June 2016Time: 12:00 PM

Finishes: 3 June 2016Time: 1:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G 3

Type of Event: Annual Lecture

Seminar 3

The ascendancy of the Zoroastrian priesthood at the court of the Persian king of kings led ultimately to Mani’s trial, imprisonment and death at Gondeshapur (Bet Lapat) under King Bahram I. This was commemorated by the community as his crucifixion and compared to the sufferings of all previous righteous messengers of God. The inter-religious conflict and the dramatic events of Mani’s last days and martyrdom were uniquely significant for the development of religion in Sasanian Iran. In this seminar I will examine the various available sources, and question the factual and counter-factual memory of the apostle preserved into the medieval and modern world.

Organiser: Dr Erica Hunter

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