Kabbalah and Modernity: Interpretations, Transformations, Adaptations

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Boʿaz Hus, Marco Pasi, Kocku Von Stuckrad
BRILL, 2010 - Religion - 436 pages
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The persistence of kabbalistic groups in the twentieth century has largely been ignored or underestimated by scholars of religion. Only recently have scholars began to turn their attention to the many-facetted roles that kabbalistic doctrines and schools have played in nineteenth- and twentieth-century culture. Often, and necessarily, this new interest and openness went along with a contextualization and re-valuation of earlier scholarly approaches to kabbalah. This volume brings together leading representatives of this ongoing debate in order to break new ground for a better understanding and conceptualization of the role of kabbalah in modern religious, intellectual, and political discourse.
  

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Contents

Kabbalah and Modernity
1
Philology as Kabbalah
13
For a New Appreciation of
29
On the Dislocation of Past Primacy
47
Kabbalah and Secret Societies in Russia Eighteenth
79
Adolphe Franck
107
Paul Vulliaud 18751950 and Jewish Kabbalah
129
Oriental Kabbalah and the Parting of East and West in the Early
151
Marriage and Sexual Behavior in the Teachings of
259
The Playful Transgression
283
Erwin NeutzskyWulff and the Neurological Landscape of
301
PART IV
313
Ernst Jünger
329
The American Spiritual and Philosophical
357
Contemporary Jewish Mysticism and Palestinian Suicide
389
Notes on Contributors
415

Theosophy and Kabbalah
167
The Kabbalistic Yeshiva
197
The Status of the NonJewish Other in the Apocalyptic
221

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About the author (2010)

Boaz Huss is professor of Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has published widely on the Zohar and its reception, the genealogies of Jewish mysticism and kabbalah studies, and on modern and postmodern kabbalah formations.
Marco Pasi is assistant professor of history of Hermetic philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. His research interests include the history of magic, the history of occultism, and the relationship between art and esotericism.
Kocku von Stuckrad is professor of religious studies at the University of Groningen. In his work he focuses particularly on esoteric discourses in Western culture, astrology, shamanism, and on topics related to religion, nature, and science.

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