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Title: Conversion and Other VIIIth Century Community Issues in Mandaeism
Author(s): BUCKLEY, Jorunn J.
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 121 Issue: 3-4 Date: 2008
The article investigates the topics of conversion, recruitment, intermarriage and apostasy in Mandaeism in the early Islamic period. Source materials are found in the Ginza and in the historical evidence from scribes’ postscripts and colophons added to transcribed Mandaean texts. Comparative issues from the Dead Sea Scrolls are adduced. This study forms part of an ongoing project in widening the scope of interpretations in and reconstructions of Mandaean history. In early Islamic times, Mandaeism, far from being isolated from other religions and intellectual streams, had considerable interaction with and openness toward their neighbors.