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also Man·de·an  (măn-dē′ən)
1. A member of a Gnostic sect historically concentrated in Iraq and Iran but now largely dispersed due to war and persecution.
2. Mandaic.

[Mandaic mandaya, having knowledge, from manda, knowledge, from earlier Aramaic manda', madda', infinitive of yəda', to know; see ydʕ in Semitic roots.]

Man·dae′an adj.


(mænˈdɪən) or


1. (Other Non-Christian Religions) a member of a Gnostic sect of Iraq
2. (Languages) the form of Aramaic used by this sect
(Other Non-Christian Religions) of or relating to this sect
[C19: from Aramaic mandaya Gnostics, from mandā knowledge]
Manˈdaeanism, Manˈdeanism n


or Man•de•an

(mænˈdi ən)

1. a member of a Gnostic sect with modern adherents in SE Iraq and Khuzistan in Iran.
2. Also, Man•da′ic (-ˈdeɪ ɪk) a form of Aramaic used in sacred texts of the Mandaeans.
3. of or pertaining to the Mandaeans.
[1870–75; < Mandaean mandayy(ā) Gnostics (literally, the knowing ones) + -an1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Mandaean - a member of a small Gnostic sect that originated in Jordan and survives in Iraq and who believes that John the Baptist was the MessiahMandaean - a member of a small Gnostic sect that originated in Jordan and survives in Iraq and who believes that John the Baptist was the Messiah
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity
2.Mandaean - the form of Aramaic used by the MandeansMandaean - the form of Aramaic used by the Mandeans
Aramaic - a Semitic language originally of the ancient Arameans but still spoken by other people in southwestern Asia
Adj.1.Mandaean - of or relating to the Mandaean people or their language or culture
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High Commission for Refugees' (UNHCR) background paper on the country, the Mandaeans are regarded as Christians and are included among the country's three recognized religious minorities.
On the matter of the town, Burtea is wrong when he states that Mandaeans still live in Sustar (p.
However, there were reports that Islamic extremists threatened, kidnapped, and even killed Mandaeans for refusing to convert to Islam.
and the homeland of the Mandaeans in Khuzistan; perhaps also east into present-day Kurdistan and Iranian Azerbaijan, although the early migratory history of these MA speech communities remains largely obscure (cf.
Recognizing the recent revival of interest in the Mandaeans, the Harrassowitz Verlag has initiated a new Mandaeological series, entitled Mandaistiche Forschungen, under the editorial auspices of Rainer Voigt of the Freie Universitat Berlin.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the Mandaeans knew "the Holy Spirit" as their mother, the spirit (rwh' 'm'ykwn), and turned it into the negative in their religious conceptions.
Lupieri, Professor of History of Christianity at the University of Udine, has published widely on subjects related to the Mandaeans, the sole remaining Gnostic community, as well as Judaism, Christianity, and Gnosticism in the early Christian centuries.
Drower, she has not only studied their ancient texts, but has befriended them both in Iraq and Iran, and in the United States, even serving as an advocate for Mandaeans seeking asylum here (p.
the Mandaeans of Iraq, who display in their literature the first indication of Arabic maku in the form of maka, 'tr' d-m'k' nsy' "a place where there are no women," Drower Collection 34.
Although academic study of the Mandaeans and their literature is not new, it has tended to be sporadic and concentrated in the hands of a few specialist scholars.
The book has eight chapters, reasonably divided between material pertaining to the Mandaeans and to the Harranians.
85-97), citing similarities in the baptismal practices of the Hemerobaptists, the Ebionites, the Elchasaites, and the Mandaeans, notes a great deal of overlapping in Jewish and Christian understanding and practice, and concludes that this delayed the parting of the ways.