Gnosis: An Esoteric Tradition of Mystical Visions and Unions

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SUNY Press, 1993 - Religion - 387 pages
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Traces the use of powerful gnostic visionary techniques from Hellenistic Gnosticism and Jewish merkabah mysticism, through Muhammad, the Ismaeilis, and theosophical Sufism to medieval neoplatonism, and renaissance alchemy.

 

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Contents

The Study of Mystical Experiences
3
Jung Silberer and Active Imagination
37
Theories of Spiritual Alchemy
55
The Alchemical Production of Gold
77
Defining Gnosis
111
The Gnostic Journey to the Ogdoad
117
The Recital of the Chariot
155
Muhammad and his Miraj
181
Islamic Gnosis and the World of Imagination
199
The Passage of Gnosis to the Latin West
237
Notes
269
Works Cited
339
Index
379
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Dan Merkur is a Lecturer in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto.

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