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Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities

The Occult Nineteenth Century

Roots, Developments, and Impact on the Modern World

Editors: Pokorny, Lukas, Winter, Franz (Eds.)

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  • Provides insights into the multi-faceted realm of the occult nineteenth century
  • Written with an international scope
  • Brings together original and cutting-edge contributions from both senior and junior academics
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The nineteenth century witnessed a proliferation of alternative religious currents and practices, appropriating earlier traditions, entangling geographically distinct spiritual discourses, and crafting a repository of mindscapes eminently suitable to be accommodated by later generations of thinkers and practitioners. Penned by specialists in the field, this volume examines important themes and figures pertaining to this occult amalgam and its resonance into the twentieth century and beyond. Global guises of the occult, ranging from the Americas and Europe to India, are variously addressed, with special attention to the crucial role of mesmerism and the origins of modern yoga.

About the authors

Lukas Pokorny is Professor and Chair in Religious Studies at the Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna, Austria.

 Franz Winter is Professor of Religious Studies at the Department of Religious Studies, University of Graz, Austria.



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“This impressive volume makes an important contribution to the understanding of occult concepts in the nineteenth century, their origins, and their influence on modern culture. … The volume represents a compilation of highly original scholarship, being a valuable and muchrecommended addition to the study of occultism and esotericism.” (Nicole Maria Bauer, Religious Studies Review, Vol. 47 (1), March, 2021)


“This impressive volume demonstrates the globally entangled and boundary-shattering nature of what we have come to know as ‘alternative spirituality.’ Meticulous historical analyses of mesmerism and occultism are combined with comparative and transcultural perspectives on theosophy, yoga, and new religious movements and the relations between art, esotericism, medicine, and politics, to show just how central ‘the occult’ really was to the formation of modern culture. The study of occultism and spirituality will never be the same again.” (Egil Asprem, author of The Problem of Disenchantment: Scientific Naturalism and Esoteric Discourse, 1900–1939)

 “This wide-ranging collection of essays provides a major contribution towards understanding and appreciating the importance of the occult—as a style of thought and a mode of acting—approached as a global phenomenon. Its historical focus underscores the importance of the ideas, personalities, and movements situated in the nineteenth century as an exceptionally fertile period in the course of which the cross-cultural forms of esotericism encountered and influenced each other.” (Gordan Djurdjevic, author of India and the Occult: The Influence of South Asian Spirituality on Modern Western Occultism)

 

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Occult Nineteenth Century
Book Subtitle
Roots, Developments, and Impact on the Modern World
Editors
  • Lukas Pokorny
  • Franz Winter
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-55318-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-55318-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-55317-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 444
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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