The Madaeans-Baptizers of Iraq and Iran

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Karen Baker
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Wipf & Stock Publishers
    , September
     130 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jason BeDuhn forthcoming.


The secrets of a complex belief system that has sustained the Mandaeans in their centuries-old native lands in Iraq and Iran have been collapsing before their eyes. This little-known Gnostic sect has been hidden from global awareness until now. 

With a passion for the obscure, Karen Baker has delved into this secret sect, exploring the effects of the turmoil they have faced in their homeland, and are now facing in Diaspora. The Iraqi and Iranian Mandaeans have fled their homes with nothing more than the clothing on their backs, being thrust into the status of refugees, watching their traditions and cultures crumble as they encounter new lands and new cultures. 

This book discusses the potential receptivity of Mandaeans to Christianity through several perspectives including an evaluation of their relationship to the Gnosticism of the first through third centuries CE as well as its syncretic adaptations to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It will be of interest to those interested in little-known cultures from a historical and religious perspective; those involved with refugees and immigrants; and those who desire to understand the foundational beliefs of Mandaeism.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Karen Baker's enthusiasm for other cultures has prompted her and her beloved husband to travel around the world, as well as to welcome refugees and immigrants to American culture. She has an MBA from St. Thomas University and an MA from Liberty University. She is a freelance writer and researcher, and has authored The Balkars of Southern Russia and Their Deportation (1944-1957) from the Hidden Peoples of the World series.

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