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The International Association of Manichaean Studies



Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum

(Turnhout: Brepols)




Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum (A corpus of sources of Manichaeism) is an international research and publication project. It is sponsored by the International Association for Manichaean Studies and is solely published by Brepols of Turnhout (Belgium). It is also sponsored by a number of leading academies and is Research Project 59 of the International Union of Academies (UAI).

Project Outline


In the third century of our era, Mani, a Gnostic prophet living in the highly syncretistic region of Babylonia, inaugurated the first world religion which contains elements of Judaeo-Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Buddhism. This highly missionary religion had followers from the Atlantic to the Pacific before the emergence of Islam and survived in South China until the time of Marco Polo. However, severe persecution of this arch-heretical sect by Christian, Zoroastrian, Islamic and Confucian authorities has led to the virtual disappearance of their writings and, until the beginning of this century, only citations of their texts were known to scholars from the anti-heretical writings of Augustine, of Greek and Syriac Fathers, and of Persian, Arabic and Chinese authors. However, the study of the history of this first Gnostic world religion has made enormous progress in this century thanks to a series of remarkable archaeological finds of genuine Manichean texts and of religious buildings, paintings and inscriptions from Central Asia, Egypt, N. Africa and S. China.

Many of the texts recovered from Central Asia and Egypt are in fragmentary condition and some are still unpublished or published only in facsimile form. The plan of the new Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum is to make all this material, hitherto diversely published, available in a series which can be easily consulted by historians of religion, theologians, ancient and medieval historians, orientalists as well as by specialists in the languages in which the documents were composed. The Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum is divided into nine series along linguistic lines (see below). It also has a Series Subsidia comprising the important Bibliographica Manichaica and the Dictionary of Manichaean Texts. The project was adopted by the IUA in 1998 as a Category C project.


Responsible and sponsoring Academies:

British Academy (for the entire project)
Australian Academy of the Humanities (for the entire project)
Göttingen Academy (for Series Turkica only)

Reporter to the UAI: Professor Samuel N.C. Lieu, Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.


Editorial Committee:

Professor Samuel N.C. Lieu (Editor and Director)
Professor Johannes van Oort (Editor and Director)

Series Directors:
Series Arabica: Aloïs van Tongerloo
Series Archaeologica: Zsuzsanna Gulácsi
Series Coptica: Martin Krause
Series Graeca: Luigi Cirillo and Sam Lieu
Series Iranica: Enrico Morano
Series Latina: Johannes van Oort
Series Sinica: Gunner Mikkelsen and Sam Lieu
Series Syriaca: Erica Hunter
Series Turcica: Aloïs van Tongerloo


Major funders:

Australian Research Council (to end of 2009)
The British Academy (to ca. 2006)
Arts and Humanities Research Council UK (to ca. 2006)
School of Oriental and African Studies (London) (to ca. 2007)
Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation (to June, 2009)
Not listed are institutions and universities which have paid or are paying salaries of staff who have edited volumes already published or who are currently actively engaged in editing volumes still to appear in the series.


Volumes published since 1996:


Series Archaeologica et Iconographica

Zs. Gulácsi, Manichaean art in Berlin collections: a comprehensive catalogue of Manichaean artifacts belonging to the Berlin State Museums of the Prussian Cultural Foundation, Museum of Indian Art, and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, deposited in the Berlin State Library of the Prussian Cultural Foundation, with an appendix by J. D. BeDuhn, cclxxxviii + 350 p. + numerous ill., 2001, ISBN 978-2-503-50649-4 (English text)

S. N. C. Lieu, L. Eccles, M. Franzmann, I. Gardner & K. Parry (eds.), Medieval Christian and Manichaean Remains from Quanzhou (Zayton), x + 282 p., + 127 b/w ill. + 73 colour ill., 2012, ISBN 978-2-503-52197-8 (English text)


Series Biblia Manichaica

Nils A. Pedersen, René Falkenberg, John M. Larsen & Claudia Leurini (eds.), The Old Testament in Manichaean tradition. The sources in Syriac, Greek, Coptic, Middle Persian, Sogdian, New Persian, and Arabic, Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum, Series Biblia Manichaica 1 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017).


Series Coptica

G. Wurst, The Manichaean Coptic Papyri in the Chester Beatty Library. Psalm Book Part II, 1, Die Bema-Psalmen, 140 p. + 8 pl., 1996, ISBN 978-2-503-50526-8 (German text)

S. Richter, The Manichaean Coptic Papyri in the Chester Beatty Library. Psalm Book Part II, 2 Die Herakleides-Psalmen, 134 p. + 4 pl., 1999, ISBN 978-2-503-50806-1 (German text)

N. A. Pedersen, The Manichaean Coptic papyri in the Chester Beatty Library. Manichaean Homilies. With a number of hitherto unpublished fragments, 260 p., 2006, ISBN 978-2-503-51045-3 (English text)


Series Latina

H. G. Schipper & J. van Oort, Sancti Leonis Magni Romani Pontificis Sermones et Epistolae. Fragmenta Selecta, viii + 154 p., 2000, ISBN 978-2-503-51160-3 (English text)

F. Decret and J. van Oort, Sanctus Augustinus, Acta Contra Fortunatum Manichaeum. Introduction, texte & traduction, notes complémentaires et bibliographies sélectives par F. Decret – Bibliography, Biblical References, Indices & Index of Manichaean Terms and Concepts by J. van Oort, viii + 124 p., 2004, ISBN 978-2-503-51324-9 (French text)


Series Sinica

Samuel N. C. Lieu & Gunner B. Mikkelsen in association with Lance Eccles, Enrico Morano, Nils A. Pedersen, Nicholas Sims-Williams & Aloïs Van Tongerloo, Tractatus Manichaicus Sinica, Pars prima: Text, translation and indices, Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum, Series Sinica 1,1 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017). 


Series Syriaca

N. A. Pedersen & J. M. Larsen (eds.), Manichaean texts in Syriac. First editions, new editions and studies, x + 396 p., 3 b/w ill. + 30 colour ill., 2013, ISBN 978-2-503-55025-1 (English text)


Series Turcica

L. Clark, Uygur Manichaean texts: texts, translations, commentary, Vol. II. Liturgical texts, x + 372 p., 2013, ISBN 978-2-503-55024-4 (English text)


Analecta Manichaica

Samuel N. C. Lieu (ed.) in association with Erica Hunter, Enrico Morano & Nils A. Pedersen, Manichaeism East and West, Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum, Analecta Manichaica 1 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017).


Series Subsidia

G. B. Mikkelsen, Bibliographia Manichaica. A Comprehensive Bibliography of Manichaeism through 1996, xliv+ 314 p., 1997, ISBN 978-2-503-50653-1 (English text)

S. N. C. Lieu, S. Clackson, E. Hunter, Dictionary of Manichaean Texts. Volume I: Texts from the Roman Empire (Texts in Syriac, Greek, Coptic and Latin), xvi + 246 p., 1998, ISBN 978-2-503-50819-1 (English text)

D. Durkin-Meisterernst, Dictionary of Manichaean Texts. Volume III: Texts from Central Asia and China, Part 1: Dictionary of Manichaean Middle Persian and Parthian, xxx + 428 p., 2004, ISBN 978-2-503-51776-6 (English text)

F. de Blois & N. Sims-Williams, Dictionary of Manichaean Texts, Volume II: Texts from Iraq and Iran (Texts in Syriac, Arabic, Persian and Zoroastrian Middle Persian), xiv + 157 p., 2006, ISBN 978-2-503-51862-6 (English text)

G. B. Mikkelsen, Dictionary of Manichaean texts, Vol. III: Texts from Central Asia and China, Part 4: Dictionary of Manichaean texts in Chinese, xxv + 193 p., 2006 (2007), ISBN 978-2-503-51863-3 (English text)

S. N. C. Lieu, G. Fox & J. Sheldon, Greek and Latin Sources on Manichaean Cosmogony and Ethics, xxxviii + 256 p., 2010, ISBN ISBN: 978-2-503-51247-1 (English text)

N. Sims-Williams & D. Durkin-Meisterernst, Dictionary of Manichaean Texts, Volume III: Texts from Central Asia and China, Part 2. Dictionary of Manichaean Sogdian and Bactrian, xxxviii + 276 p., 2012, ISBN 978-2-503-54501-1 (English text)

Volumes submitted for assessment or in preparation:

A considerable number of volumes are currently under consideration and at various stages of completion. These include for the Series Latina: Augustinus, Contra Adimantum, Contra Epistulam Fundamenti, and De Moribus Manichaeorum, for the Series Graeca

a further volume on Greek sources, for the Series Dachlaica on Syriac sources, for the Series Turkica: 3 vols. Theological, Ecclesiastical and Liturgical Texts.