Mysticism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Searching for Oneness / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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Throughout the ages and across religious traditions, people have yearned to personally experience God and deeply connect with the Creator. In Mysticism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Ori Z. Soltes traces the sweep of mysticism-the search for oneness with God-throughout the three Abrahamic traditions.
This unique comparative overview begins with a definition of mysticism and a discussion of its place within religion as a whole. Soltes then explores the history of mysticism from biblical times through the present day, highlighting the emergence of mysticism within the three traditions and how beliefs and practices converge and diverge over time. The final chapters discuss the growing interest in mysticism today through practices such as kabbalah and how people publicly express their private encounters with God through art, literature, and other modern media.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
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About the Author
Ori Z. Soltes is Goldman Professorial Lecturer in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University and a regular lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: What Is Mysticism? 1
1 The Birth and Development of the Abrahamic Faiths 11
2 The Roots of Jewish and Christian Mysticism 23
3 The Emergence of Jewish Mystical Thought 33
4 Early Christian Mysticism 57
5 A Third Player on the Stage: Muslim Mysticism from the Qur'an to Ibn 'Arabi 73
6 Medieval Jewish Mysticism: From Merkavah to Kabbalah 105
7 Medieval Christian Mysticism: From Assisi to Avila 135
8 The Spread of and Variety within Sufism 159
9 Variations within Jewish and Christian Mysticism: From the Renaissance through Emancipation 193
10 Still Searching: The Persistence of Mysticism in the Modern Era 241
11 Unfinished Epilogues 283
Suggestions for Further Reading 319
About the Author 339