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16. Itinerancy in Manichaean Networks of the Levant and Egypt

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1. Title Title of document 16. Itinerancy in Manichaean Networks of the Levant and Egypt - Levantine Entanglements
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Håkon Teigen; University of Bergan, PhD candidate; Norway
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology; Religious Studies; Anthropology
4. Subject Keyword(s) Levant; Eastern Mediterranean; Orientalist; cultural production; Iron Age; Hebrew scripture; Hisban; Jordan; social memory; caravan trade; Palmra; Roman Near East; Syria; Israel; Judah; Persian Empire; Judaism; Constantinople; Holy Land; Middle Ages
5. Subject Subject classification Middle Eastern Archaeology; Biblical Studies
6. Description Abstract The emergence of canonical scriptural ecologies has deep roots in the Levant, as described by Stordalen in this volume. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam were the main carriers of this cultural paradigm. However, other movements also contributed to its development. Taking my cue from the project “Local Dynamics of Globalization,” this chapter explores religious authority in the context of Manichaeism, a movement that appropriated Levantine paradigms of cultural authority. I look at the interplay between social canons and social networks, examining how norms for interaction, or ‘canonical habits,’ shaped the Manichaean social networks. More specifically, I look at the canonical habit of itinerancy and its impact on the relationship between the Elect—Manichaeism’s ascetical elite—and the Auditors, its laity, in the Levant and Egypt. It is my argument that itinerancy was practiced in a distinct way and took on a unique role in the Manichaean canonical ecology, allowing a trans-regional Manichaean network to emerge, spread, and persist.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 08-Nov-2021
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.38456
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Levantine Entanglements
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Middle East
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd