Information on the Mandean religion, and whether the children of Mandeans are taken from their homes and forcibly converted to Islam by the Iranian authorities [IRN27724.E]

For information on the Mandean religion, please consult the Encyclopedia of Religion, available at the IRB's documentation centres in Toronto and Ottawa.

According to L'État des religions dans le monde, there were 6,200 Mandeans in Iran in 1987 (1987, 242).

Information on whether Mandean children have been taken from their homes and forced to convert to Islam by the Iranian authorities could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Response to Information Request.


L'État des religions dans le monde. 1987. Edited by Michel Clévenot. Paris: Editions La Découverte.

Additional Sources Consulted

Amnesty International Report 1997.

Human Rights Watch World Report 1997.

Contemporary Religions: A World Guide.

Le Coz, Raymond. 1995. Histoire de l'eglise d'orient: Chétiens d'Irak, d'Iran et de Turquie. Paris: Éditions du Clef.

Valognes, Jean-Pierre. 1994. Vie et mort des Chrétiens d'orient. Mesnil-sur-l'Estrée, France: Éditions Fayard.

World Directory of Minorities.

Electronic sources: DIRB databases, Global News Bank, LEXIS/NEXIS, Internet, REFWORLD (UNHCR database), World News Connection (WNC).

Two oral sources consulted did not provide information on the requested subject.