Mandaean Council of Ahvaz

The Mandaean Council of Ahvaz (Persian: انجمن صابئین مندایی, literally the SabianMandaean Association of Ahvaz) is the main organization of the Mandaean religion and the primary authority of the Mandaean ethnic community in Ahvaz, Iran.

Mandaean Council of Ahvaz
Sabian Mandaean Association of Ahvaz
انجمن صابئین مندایی
Formation1930 or 1931
FounderSheikh Salem Sabouri
Founded atAhvaz
Region served

History of leadershipEdit

The Mandaean Council of Ahvaz was founded in 1349 A.H. (Gregorian year: 1930 or 1931) by Sheikh Salem Sabouri (Persian: شیخ سالم صابوری), who was the religious leader of the Mandaeans at that time.

Ganzibra Jabbar Choheili (baptismal name: Mhatam Yuhana br Yahya; or in Arabic: Shaikh Jabar, the son of Ṭawoos[1]) was the head priest or ganzibra of the Mandaean Council of Ahvaz during the 1990s and 2000s.[2]

Ganzibra Jabbar Choheili (Persian: جبار چحیلی), chairman of the board of directors of the council, died on the morning of Sunday, December 27, 2014.[3][4][5][6]


The council has a 13-member board of directors. Mandaeans in Ahvaz and nearby towns nominate and vote for candidates to represent them in the board of directors.[7]

The council's responsibilities include teaching Mandaean language, culture, and religion, as well as resolving internal disputes within the Mandaean community.[6]


In the late 1990s, the Mandaean Council of Ahvaz, under the leadership of Mhatam Yuhana, commissioned and supervised a new Mandaic transcription of the Ginza Rabba, the primary sacred scripture of Mandaeism. Carlos Gelbert's translation of the Ginza Rabba is primarily based on this version.[2]

The council has also published the Niania [fa] prayerbook, translated by Sheikh Salem Choheili (Persian: شیخ سالم چحیلی) with an introduction by Massoud Forouzandeh (Persian: مسعود فروزنده).[8]



  1. ^ Buckley, Jorunn Jacobsen (2010). The great stem of souls: reconstructing Mandaean history. Piscataway, N.J: Gorgias Press. ISBN 978-1-59333-621-9.
  2. ^ a b Gelbert, Carlos (2011). Ginza Rba. Sydney: Living Water Books. ISBN 9780958034630.
  3. ^ "خوزستان". ایسنا (in Persian). 2021-10-17. Retrieved 2021-10-17.
  4. ^ آمریکا, صدای (2014-12-29). "رهبر منداییان جهان در ایران درگذشت". صدای آمریکا (in Persian). Retrieved 2021-10-17.
  5. ^ "رهبر صابئین جهان در خوزستان درگذشت". تابناک; Tabnak (in Persian). 2014-12-29. Retrieved 2021-10-17.
  6. ^ a b ادیان, موسسه گفتگوی (2013-12-05). "موسسه گفت و گوی ادیان برگزار کرد: نگاهی به آئین و متون مندایی" (in Persian). Archived from the original on 2014-02-08. Retrieved 2021-10-17.
  7. ^ "منداییان یك موزه زنده از فرهنگ ایران زمین هستند - ایرنا". ایرنا (in Persian). 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2021-10-17.
  8. ^ "همبستگی ملی جز از راه شناخت فرهنگ امکان‌پذیر نیست/ صابئینِ مندایی موحدند - خبرگزاری مهر - اخبار ایران و جهان". Mehr News Agency (in Persian). 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2021-10-17.