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Texts and Studies in Western Esotericism
Aries Book Series: Texts and Studies in Western Esotericism is the first professional academic book series specifically devoted to a long-neglected but now rapidly developing domain of research in the humanities, usually referred to as “Western Esotericism”. This field covers a variety of “alternative” currents in western religious history, including so-called “hermetic philosophy” and related currents in the early modern period; alchemy, paracelsianism and rosicrucianism; Jewish and Christian kabbalah and its later developments; theosophical and illuminist currents; and various occultist and related developments during the 19th and 20th centuries, up to and including popular contemporary currents such as the New Age movement.

Published under the auspices of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE).

For the journal Aries - Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism please click here.

The series has published an average of two volumes per year over the last five years.
Over the past four decades, scholarship on contemporary religion has been expanding at an explosive rate. The aim of the Brill Handbooks on Contemporary Religion series is to capture this development by publishing cutting-edge scholarship that simultaneously charts new directions for future research. The Handbooks are international in scope, drawing on the expertise of scholars across the globe, bringing in contributors from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines. Individual volumes will be devoted to areas of study that have generated substantial bodies of research such as Western Esotericism, to common themes in the study of contemporary religions like Authority of Science or New Media, and to specific religious movements.

For more information on the submission of proposals or editing of volumes within the series, see the BHCR Proposal Guide.

For specific information on the editing of volumes and style information, please visit the BHCR Style Guide.

The series has published an average of two volumes per year over the last 5 years.
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The so-called world religions and other religious traditions are not, and have never been, homogenous, nor have they formed or evolved in isolation. Trying to overcome cultural stereotypes and their ideological misuse, the Dynamics in the History of Religions book series focuses on the crucial role of mutual encounters in the origins, development, and internal differentiation of the major religious traditions. The primary thesis of the series consists in the assumption that interconnections of self-perception and perception by the other, and of adaptation and demarcation are crucial factors for historical dynamics within the religious field.

The series includes exemplary and comparative studies on the formation of the major religious traditions via diachronic and synchronic cultural contact, on interactions essential to the process of institutionalization and spread of religions, on interreligious encounters under the condition of colonialism and globalization, and on the stimulus provided by such contacts to the development of basic religious notions.

Presenting studies on such contact-driven dynamics of the history of religions and of its reflection, including case studies as well as those using a comparative perspective, the series creates systematic points of references which allow for the integration of diachronically and synchronically heterogenous material in a general history of religions. Theories and concepts are developed abductively in an interplay of hypothetical conceptualization and empirical studies, of object language and meta language. By bridging and reconciling scientific meta-discourse on religion with religious discourses and religious self-descriptions, both unempirical scientism and un-theoretical positivism can be avoided.

The series has published an average of one volume per year over the last 5 years.
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The European Values Studies book series is based on the results of a large-scale, cross-national, and longitudinal survey research program, founded in the late 1970s by a foundation which is now called the European Values Study. This group investigates basic social, cultural, political, moral, and religious values held by the populations of the European countries. The first study was carried out in 1981, followed by repeat surveys in 1990, 1999, and 2008, in an increasing number of countries. Today, all European countries are involved in the European Values Study. The publications in this series include interpretations and explanations of the quantitative survey data. These are presented in the form of monographs and edited volumes. The Series also publishes sourcebooks.

The series has published one volume over the last 5 years.
Scholarly studies discussing religious iconography in traditions from all parts of the world.
Scholarly monographs on the iconography of African religions.
Scholarly monographs on topics in Christian iconography.
Scholarly monographs on the religious iconography of ancient Egypt.
Scholarly monographs on the iconography of Indian religions, including Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, in India and neighbouring geographical regions.
Scholarly monographs on topics in the iconography of Judaism.