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Volume Editors: Henrik Bogdan and Olav Hammer
This is the first encyclopaedic work on Western esotericism in Scandinavia. Structured along the lines of the Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericsm (2005), it contains over 80 articles written by 47 specialists. It consists of critical overviews of all the major esoteric currents in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, ranging from Alchemy, Anthroposophy, and Astrology, to Theosophy, Traditionalism, and UFO Movements. This ground-breaking work is of relevance not only for scholars and students of Western esotericism, but for all with an interest in alternative religious traditions and Scandinavian intellectual history.
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This is the first comprehensive reference work to cover the entire domain of “Gnosis and Western Esotericism” from the period of Late Antiquity to the present. Containing around 400 articles by over 180 international specialists, it provides critical overviews discussing the nature and historical development of all its important currents and manifestations, from Gnosticism and Hermetism to Astrology, Alchemy and Magic, from the Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance to Rosicrucianism and Christian Theosophy, and from Freemasonry and Illuminism to 19th-century Occultism and the contemporary New Age movement. Furthermore it contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, discussing their ideas, significance, and historical influence.
The Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism was selected Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2006.

This one volume edition is an unabridged version of the two volume edition published in 2005, for details click here
This is the first comprehensive reference work to cover the entire domain of “Gnosis and Western Esotericism” from the period of Late Antiquity to the present. Containing around 400 articles by over 180 international specialists, it provides critical overviews discussing the nature and historical development of all its important currents and manifestations, from Gnosticism and Hermetism to Astrology, Alchemy and Magic, from the Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance to Rosicrucianism and Christian Theosophy, and from Freemasonry and Illuminism to 19th-century Occultism and the contemporary New Age movement. Furthermore it contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, discussing their ideas, significance, and historical influence.
The Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism was selected Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2006.

Also available in an unabridged one volume edition, for details click here.
Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism, now also Online, is the first comprehensive reference work to cover the entire domain of “Gnosis and Western Esotericism” from the period of Late Antiquity to the present. Containing around 400 articles by over 180 international specialists, it provides critical overviews discussing the nature and historical development of all its important currents and manifestations, from Gnosticism and Hermetism to Astrology, Alchemy and Magic, from the Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance to Rosicrucianism and Christian Theosophy, and from Freemasonry and Illuminism to 19thcentury Occultism and the contemporary New Age movement. Furthermore it contains articles about the life and work of all the major personalities in the history of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, discussing their ideas, significance, and historical influence.
Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism Online is also available in print, visit https://brill.com/ for more information.
The Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism was selected Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2006.
Features and Benefits - First comprehensive reference tool to cover the entire domain of Gnosis and Western Esotericism - Contains around 400 articles by over 180 international specialists - Combines entries on historical currents with entries on all the major personalities in the field
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Author: Keith Cantú

“authentic” something (unless, of course, everything is “inauthentic,” but then the descriptor becomes categorically meaningless). In this chapter I examine how this “discourse of authenticity” both differs and overlaps in two growing academic fields, that of Western esotericism and yoga studies, and how

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In: New Approaches to the Study of Esotericism
Author: Henrik Bogdan

© koninklijke brill nv, leiden, 2014 | doi 10.1163/9789004273122_016 300311 1 This chapter is partly based on Bogdan 2006 and Bogdan 2007a. A shorter version of this chapter was published in Spanish as Bogdan 2011. Chapter 15 Freemasonry and Western Esotericism Henrik Bogdan Approaches to Western

In: Handbook of Freemasonry

been much debated. In the historical definition of Antoine Faivre, Western Esotericism denotes a current of thought prevalent in the Occident following the arrival of the Greek Corpus Hermeticum in Florence in 1462, and its subsequent translation into Latin at the hands of Marsilio Ficino. 2 It has

In: Aries
Author: Liana Saif

In recent years, the field of “Western esotericism” has been confronted by problems related to the cultural and regional demarcations it has adopted. This field is based on a longue durée narrative that underplays non-“Western” currents, including ones which, through appropriation or reactions

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In: New Approaches to the Study of Esotericism
Editor: Brian Ogren
Kabbalah in America includes chapters from leading experts in a variety of fields and is the first-ever comprehensive treatment of the title subject from colonial times until the present. Until recently, Kabbalah studies have not extensively covered America, despite America’s centrality in modern and contemporary formations. There exist scattered treatments, but no inclusive expositions. This volume most certainly fills the gap.

It is comprised of 21 articles in eight sections, including Kabbalah in Colonial America; Nineteenth-Century Western Esotericism; The Nineteenth-Century Jewish Interface; Early Twentieth-Century Rational Scholars; The Post-War Counterculture; Liberal American Denominationalism; Ultra-Orthodoxy, American Hasidism and the ‘Other’; and Contemporary American Ritual and Thought. This volume will be sure to set the tone for all future scholarship on American Kabbalah.

INTRODUCTION: WESTERN ESOTERICISM AND POLEMICS Olav Hammer and Kocku von Stuckrad When adherents of one set of religious discourses and practices encoun- ter other traditions, responses can vary across a spectrum from dialogue and peaceful coexistence via apologetics and controversy to outright

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