Teaching Mysticism (AAR Teaching Religious Studies)

Teaching Mysticism (AAR Teaching Religious Studies)

By: William B. Parsons (editor)Hardback

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The term ''mysticism'' has never been consistently defined or employed, either in religious traditions or in academic discourse. The essays in this volume offer ways of defining what mysticism is, as well as methods for grappling with its complexity in a classroom. This volume addresses the diverse literature surrounding mysticism in four interrelated parts. The first part includes essays on the tradition and context of mysticism, devoted to drawing out and examining the mystical element in many religious traditions. The second part engages traditions and religio-cultural strands in which ''mysticism'' is linked to other terms, such as shamanism, esotericism, and Gnosticism. The volume's third part focuses on methodological strategies for defining ''mysticism,'' with respect to varying social spaces. The final essays show how contemporary social issues and movements have impacted the meaning, study, and pedagogy of mysticism. Teaching Mysticism presents pedagogical reflections on how best to communicate mysticism from a variety of institutional spaces. It surveys the broad range of meanings of mysticism, its utilization in the traditions, the theories and methods that have been used to understand it, and provides critical insight into the resulting controversies.

About Author

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Rice University


Contributors ; Introduction - Teaching Mysticism: Frame and Content ; William B. Parsons ; Part One: Presenting the Mystical Element: Tradition and Context ; 1. Teaching "Hindu Mysticism," Hugh B. Urban ; 2. Mysticism Before Mysticism: Teaching Christian Mysticism as a Historian of Religion, April DeConick ; 3. Teaching Chinese Mysticism, Livia Kohn ; 4. The Mystical Dimensions of Buddhism, David B. Gray ; 5. Teaching Islam, Teaching Islamic Mysticism, David Cook ; 6. Teaching Jewish Mysticism: Concealing the Concealment and Disclosure of Secrets, Elliot R. Wolfson ; Part Two: Negotiating Mysticism: Expanding the Map ; 7. Chosen by the Spirits: Visionary Ecology and Indigenous Wisdom, Lee Irwin ; 8. Teaching African American Mysticism, Joy R. Bostic ; 9. Teaching Experiential Dimensions of Western Esotericism, Wouter J. Hanegraaff ; Part Three: Investigating Mysticism: Perspectives, Theories and Institutional Spaces ; 10. Teaching the Graduate Seminar in Comparative Mysticism: A Participatory Integral Approach, Jorge Ferrer ; 11. Teaching Mysticism in Dialogue with Gender and Embodiment at a Quaker Seminary: A Feminist Approach, Stephanie Ford ; 12. Mysticism, Spirituality and the Undergraduate: Reflections on the Use of Psychosocial Theory, William B. Parsons ; 13. Mysticism in Ecumenical Dialogue: Questions on the Nature and Effects of Mystical Experience, Michael Stoeber ; Part Four: Tracking Mysticism: Pedagogy and Contemporary Culture ; 14. From "Comparative Mysticism" to "New Age Spirituality:" Teaching New Age as the Raw Materials of Religion, Steven Sutcliffe ; 15. Mystical Education: Social Theory and Pedagogical Prospects, Philip Wexler ; 16. Secrets in the Seats: The Erotic, the Paranormal, and the Free Spirit, Jeffrey J. Kripal

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  • ISBN13: 9780199751198
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780199751198
  • weight: 558
  • ISBN10: 0199751196

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