Junko Fujiwara

Rediscovery of the 'Reality' of Magic: The Revival of Magic in Post-Socialist Russia JUNKO FUJIWARA Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan pujiro@goojp ABSTRACT This paper focuses on the revival of magic in post-socialist Russia. In socialist times, atheistic propaganda that

Michele Murray

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157430108X376519 Religion & Th eology 15 (2008) 199–224 www.brill.nl/rt & Religion Theology Female Corporeality, Magic, and Gender in the Babylonian Talmud Michele Murray Department of Religion, Bishop’s University, 2600 College St., Sherbrooke

Henrik Bogdan

Henrik Bogdan (Guest Editor), Introduction: Modern Western Magic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Gregory Tillett, Modern Western Magic and Theosophy. . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Hans Thomas Hakl, Julius Evola and

Kennet Granholm

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden,  DOI: 10.1163/147783512X614858 ARIES  () – ARIES www.brill.nl/arie Dragon Rouge: Left-Hand Path Magic with a Neopagan Flavour Kennet Granholm Stockholm University Abstract Dragon Rouge ist einer der einzigartigsten und interessantesten magischen

Gregory Tillett

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden,  DOI: 10.1163/147783512X614821 ARIES  () – ARIES www.brill.nl/arie Modern Western Magic and Theosophy Gregory Tillett University of Western Sydney Abstract Der Einfluss der Theosophischen Gesellschaft auf die Entwicklung der modernen westlichen

Gerhard Mayer

twenty-first century. Th e observations are based upon the results of an interview study alongside an analysis of contemporary literature concerning the practice of magic. Th e significance which is attached to the “occult” tradition, the transmission of esoteric knowledge and the figure of the person

Envisioning Magic

A Princeton Seminar and Symposium


Edited by Peter Schäfer and Hans Kippenberg

This collection of twelve articles presents a selection of papers delivered in the course of a seminar 1994-95 and its concluding international symposium at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. The common theme is the interrelation between magic and religion, focussing particularly on the Mediterranean world in Antiquity - Egyptian, Graeco-Roman and Jewish beliefs and customs - but also treating the early modern period in Northern Europe (the Netherlands and Germany) as well as offering more general reflections on elements of magic in language and Jewish mysticism. The volume is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach and the use of varied methodologies, emphasizing the dynamic nature of the often contradictory forces shaping religious beliefs and practices, while dismissing the idea of a linear development from magic to religion or vice versa. The contributors are outstanding scholars in their fields: Ancient, Medieval and Modern History, Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, Classical Studies, Early Christianity, Islamic Studies, Anthropology, Egyptology and Comparative Literature. Without a doubt this re-evaluation of a fascinating age-old subject will stimulate scholarly discussion and appeal to educated non-specialist readers as well.


Edited by Dietrich Boschung and Jan N. Bremmer

In the last two decades we have had many books and proceedings of conferences on the history, formulas and incantations of magic in antiquity, both in East and West, but this is the first book of its kind that focuses on the material aspects of magic, such as gems, rings, drawings, grimoires, amulets and figurines.
In recent years scholars have focused not only on the discourse and practices of magic in antiquity, but also on its practitioners, literary stereotypes and historical shifts. Much less attention, however, has been paid to the material that was used by the magicians for their curses and incantations. Yet there is no magic without materiality. The practice of magic required a specialist expertise that knew how to handle material such as lead, gold, stones, papyrus, figurines or voodoo dolls. That is why we present new insights on the materiality of magic by studying both the materials used for magic as well as the books in which the expertise was preserved.


Ira Livingston

Magic Science Religion explores surprising intersections among the three meaning-making and world-making practices named in the title. Through colorful examples, the book reveals circuitous ways that social, cultural and natural systems connect, enabling real kinds of magic to operate. Among the many case studies are accounts of how an eighteenth-century actor gave his audience goosebumps; how painters, poets, and pool sharks use nonlinearity in working their magics; how the first vertebrates gained consciousness; how plants fine-tuned human color vision; and the necessarily magical element of activism that builds on the conviction that "another future is possible" while working to push self-fulfilling prophecy into political action.

John Dillon

Marsilio Ficino conferred this title upon it, as De Myste- riis Aegyptiorum ). Th e present article involves a close and sympathetic study of Iamblichus’ position in defence of theurgy, reflecting on the validity of the distinc- tion between religion and magic. Keywords theurgy, religion, magic, prayer