The Manichaean Soul


ACLS Project Development Grants


Comparative Cultural Studies


The Manichaean religion’s distinctive concept of the soul intersects with recent re-evaluations of selfhood and reveals sophisticated ancient psychological analysis. This project, by elucidating that concept, contributes to a historical genealogy of the soul and brings fresh perspective to current debates about the nature of selfhood and humanity. The grant will support archival research in the Indiana University, University of Notre Dame, and University of Illinois collections.