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see MandaeansMandaeans
or Mandeans
, a small religious sect who maintain an ancient belief resembling that of Gnosticism and that of the Parsis. They are also known as Christians of St. John, Nasoraeans, Sabians, and Subbi.
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See Qur'an 4:156 and 19:27-28; and The Mandean Book of John 34-35 (Mark Lidzbarski, ed.
Their frustration may have lent an "added impetus to their founding of missions in Georgia, and among the Mandeans of Basra" (245).
Norres was one of a group of 23 Mandeans who, in October 2001, boarded a boat to Australia which came to be known as SIEV X.
Unfortunate and shameful, as Arab Christians have been as much a fabric of the combined heritage of the Middle East as have Jews, Muslims, Druze and Mandeans.
She and her family are Mandeans, followers of John the Baptist.
Some contemporary authors, such as Clive Prince and Lynn Picknett in The Templar Revelation, even assert Mary Magdalene was probably a priestess of the Egyptian goddess Isis and a member of a still-existing sect known as the Mandeans, now located in Iraq, who believe John the Baptist to be the true Messiah.
The settling of old scores was inevitable and was followed by the little reported persecution of minority religious groups, such as Christians and Mandeans (the latter ancient tradition now facing extinction), by religious extremists.