Theosophy across Boundaries

Theosophical history opens up new vistas that lay open an actual Theosophy across boundaries and that constitute a starting point for further analysis of the (global) history of modern Theosophy.

Theosophy across Boundaries

Offers a new approach to Theosophy that takes into account its global dimensions and its interaction with highly diverse cultural contexts. Theosophy across Boundaries brings a global history approach to the study of esotericism, highlighting the important role of Theosophy in the general histories of religion, science, philosophy, art, and politics. The first half of the book consists of seven perspectives on the activities of the Theosophical Society in very different regional contexts, ranging from India, Vietnam, China, and Japan to Victorian Britain and Israel, shedding new light on the entanglement of “Western” and “Oriental” ideas around 1900. The second half explores specific cultural influences that Theosophy exerted in the spheres of literature, art, and politics, using case studies from Sri Lanka, Burma, India, Japan, Ireland, Germany, and Russia. The examples clearly show that Theosophy was part of a truly global movement, thus providing an outstanding example of the complex entanglements of the global religious history of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Hans Martin Krämer is Professor of Japanese Studies at Heidelberg University, Germany, and the author of Shimaji Mokurai and the Reconception of Religion and the Secular in Modern Japan. Julian Strube is a Research Fellow in Religious Studies at the University of Münster, Germany.

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Theosophy across Boundaries
Language: en
Pages: 486
Authors: Hans Martin Krämer, Julian Strube
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-11-01 - Publisher: SUNY Press

Offers a new approach to Theosophy that takes into account its global dimensions and its interaction with highly diverse cultural contexts. Theosophy across Boundaries brings a global history approach to the study of esotericism, highlighting the important role of Theosophy in the general histories of religion, science, philosophy, art, and
Global Tantra
Language: en
Pages: 360
Authors: Julian Strube
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Global Tantra explores the global exchanges that shaped a subject often associated with sexuality, social liberation, and bodily wellbeing but that also offers insights into political and religious developments in colonial India, involving race, education, and national identity. The study elides boundaries in disciplinary, historical, and regional contexts, tackles issues
Recycled Lives
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Julie Chajes
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-01-02 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

A sizeable minority of people with no particular connection to Eastern religions now believe in reincarnation. The rise in popularity of this belief over the last century and a half is directly traceable to the impact of the nineteenth century's largest and most influential Western esoteric movement, the Theosophical Society.
Occult Roots of Religious Studies
Language: en
Pages: 295
Authors: Yves Mühlematter, Helmut Zander
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-06-08 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

The historiographers of religious studies have written the history of this discipline primarily as a rationalization of ideological, most prominently theological and phenomenological ideas: first through the establishment of comparative, philological and sociological methods and secondly through the demand for intentional neutrality. This interpretation caused important roots in occult-esoteric traditions
Innovation in Esotericism from the Renaissance to the Present
Language: en
Pages: 342
Authors: Georgiana D. Hedesan, Tim Rudbøg
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-05-10 - Publisher: Springer Nature

This collection explores the role of innovation in understanding the history of esotericism. It illustrates how innovation is a mechanism of negotiation whereby an idea is either produced against, or adapted from, an older set of concepts in order to respond to a present context. Featuring contributions from distinguished scholars