"Manichaean Universalism and Religious Pluralism in Late Antique Iran"
Tue, October 5, 2010 • 5:00 PM • Texas Lone Star Room (Union 3.208)
A talk by Jason DeBuhn (Northern Arizona University)
Presented by the Workshop on Late Antiquity.
The gradual recovery of primary sources from the extinct Manichaean religion is helping us to fill in the religious landscape of late antiquity between Rome and India. We are discovering a dynamic world of religious encounter and exchange, in which the Manichaeans positioned themselves self-consciously by both challenging and appropriating prior traditions. Newly deciphered sources, such as the Chester Beatty Kephalaia from Egypt, reveal Manichaean engagement with Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism, as well as Christianity, and articulate the religion’s universalist solution to this pluralistic religious environment.
Jason DeBuhn is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University. He has published The Manichaean Body: In Discipline and Ritual (2000), winner of the American Academy of Religion "Best First Book" Award, and Truth in Translation: Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of the New Testament (2003). He holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University.