The Worlds of Mandaean Priests

Documenting an Endangered Religion

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Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies - University of Exeter

19th October - 22nd December 2017

Mandaeans, sometimes called Sabians, practise an ancient and endangered religion. Conflict in the Middle East has forced them out of their homelands in Iraq and Iran in ever greater numbers.

Although Mandaeans depend on their priests for preserving religious knowledge and performing complex rituals, fewer than 50 priests now remain worldwide.

This exhibition of 35 photographs documenting Mandaean rituals together with key objects relating to them, is the result of a collaboration between the university of Exeter and Leiden with support from the Arcadia Fund. They have interviewed priests, recorded key rituals and shot documentary films in the largest communities of Australia and Sweden. The data collected can be seen on an open-access digital archive at: mandaeanpriests.exeter.ac.uk.

This is a free exhibition and all are welcome to attend. Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

You are also warmly invited to attend the opening of this exhibition at 6pm on 19 October, where you will be able to see additional film material and hear an introductory talk by Professor Christine Robins.  Find out more here.