History of Religion

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A History of Mysticism

A history of the world’s mystical traditions.

Effacing the Self

Argues that self and selflessness are aspects of the same insoluble problem at the very heart of modernity.

New Perspectives in Modern Korean Buddhism

Offers alternative approaches to the study of colonial and postcolonial Korean Buddhism, suggesting new directions for scholarship.

Early Buddhist Society

A richly scholarly yet accessible and imaginative account of society in the time of the Buddha.

Religion and Empire in Portuguese India

Examines the colonization of Goa in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the durability of Portuguese rule.

Christianity and Politics in Tribal India

Chronicles the astonishing and counterintuitive spread of Christianity among a group of previously isolated tribes in a remote and hilly part of Northeastern India.

When Does History Begin?

Documents how the premodern techniques of narrating the past in South Asia were deeply transformed by colonial modernity, resulting in newer forms of truth-telling within the Sikh community.

Hasidism, Suffering, and Renewal

Reconsiders the legacy of an important Hasidic mystic, leader, and educator who confronted the dilemmas of modernity after World War I and whose writing constitutes a unique testimony to religious experience and its rupture in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Friendship and Hospitality

Offers a comparative and deconstructive reading of the cross-cultural encounter between the Jesuits and their Confucian hosts in late Ming China.

The Muslim World in Modern South Asia

Sets out the challenges presented to Muslim societies by Western dominance over the past two hundred years, and explores Muslim responses, particularly in the context of South Asia.

Personal Religion and Spiritual Healing

A unique historical study of the personal nature of religion, spirituality, and healing in the twentieth century based on the letters of ordinary people from around the world.

Walāyah in the Fāṭimid Ismāʿīlī Tradition

Explores the relationship between revelation and reason in medieval Islamic intellectual history.

The Problem of Disenchantment

Challenges the conventional view of a “disenchanted” and secular modernity, and recovers the complex relation that exists between science, religion, and esotericism in the modern world.

Upstate Cauldron

A guide to the phenomenal crop of prophets, cults, and utopian communities that arose in Upstate New York from 1776 to 1914.

Mutual Othering

Explores interactions between Europeans and Moroccans on both sides of the straits in the latter half of the nineteenth century.

A Culture of Sufism

Unearths the history of the Naqshbandiyya, one of the most widespread and enduring Sufi brotherhoods.

Western Esotericism

A survey of Western esoteric currents since late antiquity, with an emphasis on the last six centuries.

The Legacy of Anne Conway (1631-1679)

Explores the work of Anne Conway, whose philosophy of the natural world incorporated a spiritual vision.

The International Eliade

A unique consideration of the work of Mircea Eliade highlighting scholarship from outside the Anglophone world.

Islam in Modern Turkey

A biography of the prominent Turkish theologian and thinker.

The Structure of Religious Knowing

Provides a critical exploration of Mircea Eliade's notion of the sacred by referencing the work of Bernard Lonergan.

Insediamenti Francescani in Abruzzo nel Duecento e Sviluppo nel '300 e 400 con la Riforma Osservante

Analyzes the early presence of Franciscan monastic houses in Abruzzo in the thirteenth century.