Book Reviews / ARIES . () – © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, DOI: 10.1163/156798911X546233 Nadya Q. Chishty-Mujahid, An Introduction to Western Esotericism: Essays in the Hidden Meaning of Literature, Groups and Games . Lewiston—Queenston— Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, . iv + pp. ISBN ----. It was at ﬁrst unclear to me why the title of this book should represent it as an “introduction” to Western esotericism, since it is clearly no such thing. It is true that the two opening essays oﬀer coverage of main developments in the ﬁeld of esotericism since Faivre; yet while Chishty-Mujahid’s attention to the topic is thorough and careful in a certain way, she oﬀers not so much a presentation of these materials for a general audience as a rereading of some of the main arguments and accepted commonplaces of the ﬁeld, engaging these at a level which is clearly addressed more to scholars of esotericism than to general readers. The other essays in the book are more specialized still. If the book is not intended as an “introduction” to esotericism, what then does it oﬀer? The brief (seven page) introduction yields, not precisely an explanation, but a clue: the book
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