Description Mani at the Court of the Persian Kings de Iain Gardner:
In 'Mani at the Court of the Persian Kings' the authors explore evidence arising from their project to edit the Chester Beatty Kephalaia codex. This text presents Mani at the heart of Sasanian Iran in dialogue with its sages and nobles, acting as a cultural mediator between East and West and interpreter of Christian, Iranian, and Indian traditions. Nine chapters study Mani's appropriation of the 'law of Zarades' and of Iranian epic- suggest a new understanding of his last days- and analyse his formative role in the history of late antique religions. These interdisciplinary studies advance research in several fields and will be of interest to scholars of Manichaeism, Sasanian Iran, and the development of religions in late antiquity.
Iain Gardner, Ph.D. (Manchaster University 1983), is Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Sydney. He has published many works on both Manichaeism and Coptic papyrology, including (with Malcolm Choat) A Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power (Brepols 2013). Jason BeDuhn, Ph.D. (Indiana University, 1995), is Professor of the Comparative Study of Religions at Northern Arizona University. His previous publications include The Manichaean Body (Johns Hopkins, 2000) and Augustine's Manichaean Dilemma, vols. 1 and 2 (University of Pennsylvania, 2010-2013). Paul Dilley, Ph.D. (Yale University, 2008), is Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, with a joint appointment in Religious Studies and Classics. He is a specialist in Early Christianity, including Coptic, and has published on monasticism, apocrypha, and Manichaeism.