The Mandaeans in Iraq

Authored by: Shak Hanish

Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138649040
eBook ISBN: 9781315626031
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The Mandaeans are also called the Sabeans (Sabians) or the Mandaean Sabeans. Their religion is one of the most ancient religions in Iraq, if not the most ancient, arising even before Christianity. Before the American invasion of Iraq in April 2003, Iraq was the original home to the Mandaeans, one of the oldest minorities in the Middle East. Since then, they have been a target of Islamic extremist groups, whether Sunni or Shi’i, aiming at their physical elimination, destruction of their homes, shops, and places of worship, and their faith.

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