But aside from work, what many Sabeans
hope most for is a way to leave Jordan, and to begin a new life in the United States, Britain, Australia, or Sweden.
In the spring of 2006, Sabeans began to receive death threat letters accusing them of practicing sorcery and urging them to leave the country.
The Sabeans sought the assistance of the Grand Ayatollah Sistani, SCIRI's Hakim, Prime Minister Jafari, and Muqtada al-Sadr in supporting minority rights.
When they mean the Sabeans
of Harran, they specifically mention this.
BAGHDAD: Sheikh Alaa Aziz was saddened by the sight of only a handful of fellow Iraqi Sabeans in simple white cloths dipping in the muddy waters of the Tigris in an ancient purification rite for their New Year.
Also known as Mandaeans, the Sabeans traditionally speak a variety of Aramaic, the language of Christ.
Already the community had been cut to no more than 35,000 members when the US-led invasion of 2003 toppled Saddam, with Sabeans spread in six cities: Baghdad, Arbil, Diwaniyah, Kut, Amara and Basra.
While some Sabeans fled the tyranny of the former regime, this decline could also be attributed to the fact that converts are not accepted, and those Sabeans who marry Christians or Muslims are no longer regarded as Sabean.
Some non-Muslim minorities, such as the Sabeans, were not represented in either the TNA or the Government.
This resulted from administrative breakdowns on voting day and the refusal of Kurdish security forces to allow ballot boxes to pass to predominantly Christian villages, denying as many as 100,000 Assyrian Christians and smaller numbers of Sabeans of their right to vote in the elections.
Thus, against Paul Kraus, she equates the historical Indian Brahmins with Ibn al-Rawandi's Brahima, who accept and reject prophecy at the same time, just as she describes the Sabeans
of Harran as a community believing in messengers, but messengers who, "on closer examination .
It is unnecessary, too, to restate that the Mandaeans are not the same as the Harranian Sabeans
, which is Gunduz' main argument.