An Introduction to Western Esotericism: Essays in the Hidden Meaning of Literature, Groups and Games

An Introduction to Western Esotericism: Essays in the Hidden Meaning of Literature, Groups and Games 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aries Brill

An Introduction to Western Esotericism: Essays in the Hidden Meaning of Literature, Groups and Games

Aries, Volume 11 (1): 115 – Jan 1, 2011

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© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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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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