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The MandaeansAncient Texts and Modern People$
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Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195153859

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195153855.001.0001

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From Iraq to California

From Iraq to California

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(p.21) 2 From Iraq to California
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The Mandaeans
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Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195153855.003.0002

An account is given of the life of a contemporary Mandaean poet, Lamea Abbas Amara, who was originally from Iraq, and now lives in San Diego, California. It discusses her religious origins, her relationships (and those of other contemporary Mandaeans) in the community, the complex relationship between Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and the Mandaeans, and her Mandaean beliefs and family history. The family history includes priests and goldsmiths (the Mandaeans are traditionally skilled goldsmiths and silversmiths). One of Lamea's poems is included at the end of the book.

Keywords:   beliefs, California, contemporary Mandaeans, goldsmiths, Iraq, Mandaeans, Mandaeism, priests, religious history, San Diego, silversmiths, USA

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