Manichaeism in Central Asia and China

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BRILL, 1998 - Religion - 258 pages
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The discovery of genuine Manichaean texts from sites like Turfan and Tun-huang since the beginning of the century has greatly increased our knowledge of the teaching of Manichaeism and of its amazing geographical spread in pre-Islamic times. This volume brings together the contributions by a leading authority on the subject including a long survey article on the history of the discovery of the texts from Central Asia as well as articles focusing on some of these texts and on the incredible history of adaptation and survival of the sect in China proper. The studies include many Chinese texts on Manichaeism made available for the first time in their original scripts and in translation. The volume also contains the first ever working catalogue of all Manichaean texts (in western as well as oriental languages) published up to 1997.
 

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Contents

Manichaean art and texts from the Silk Road
1
Some observations on the Traktat Traite
59
Precept and Practice in Manichaean Monasticism
76
A Lapsed Manichaeans correspondence with a Confucian official 1264
98
Nestorians and Manichaeans on the South China Coast
177
Working Catalogue of published Manichaean texts
196
General Index
247
Index of Sources
253
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About the author (1998)

Samuel N. C. Lieu is Professor of Ancient History and Co-Director of the Ancient History Documentary Research Centre at Macquarie University, Sydney (Australia). He is also Associate Editor of the UNESCO-sponsored Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum project. The second volume of his collected essays, "Manichaeism in Central Asia and China" (Brill, 1998).

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