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Gnostica publishes the latest scholarship on esoteric movements, including the Gnostic, Hermetic, Manichaean, Theosophical and related traditions. Contributions also include critical editions of texts, historical case studies, critical analyses, cross-cultural comparisons and state-of-the-art surveys.

  • Ritual Embodiment in Modern Western Magic: Becoming the Magician book cover

    Ritual Embodiment in Modern Western Magic

    Becoming the Magician, 1st Edition

    By Damon Zacharias Lycourinos

    In the Western world, magic has often functioned as an umbrella term for various religious beliefs and ritual practices that seek to influence events by harnessing supernatural power. The definition of these myriad occult and esoteric traditions have, however, usually come from those that are…

    Hardback – 2017-11-20

  • Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and Revelation in Western Gnostic, Esoteric, and Mystical Traditions book cover

    Histories of the Hidden God

    Concealment and Revelation in Western Gnostic, Esoteric, and Mystical Traditions, 1st Edition

    Edited by April D DeConick, Grant Adamson

    In Western religious traditions, God is conventionally conceived as a humanlike creator, lawgiver, and king, a being both accessible and actively present in history. Yet there is a concurrent and strong tradition of a God who actively hides. The two traditions have led to a tension between a God…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21

  • Contemporary Esotericism book cover

    Contemporary Esotericism

    1st Edition

    Edited by Egil Asprem, Kennet Granholm

    The study of contemporary esoteric discourse has hitherto been a largely neglected part of the new academic field of Western esotericism. Contemporary Esotericism provides a broad overview and assessment of the complex world of Western esoteric thought today. Combining historiographical analysis…

    Paperback – 2014-12-23

  • The Religion of the Peacock Angel: The Yezidis and Their Spirit World book cover

    The Religion of the Peacock Angel

    The Yezidis and Their Spirit World, 1st Edition

    By Garnik S. Asatrian, Victoria Arakelova

    Based in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, the Yezidi people claim their religion - a unique combination of Christian, Islamic, and historical faiths - to be the oldest in the world. Yezidi identity centres on their religion, Sharfadin, which has evolved into a highly complex pantheon of one God with many…

    Hardback – 2014-02-28

  • Sufism in the Secret History of Persia book cover

    Sufism in the Secret History of Persia

    1st Edition

    By Milad Milani

    Sufism formed one of the cultures of resistance which has existed in the social fabric of Persia since antiquity. Such resistance continues to manifest itself today with many looking to Sufism as a model of cooperation between East and West, between traditional and modern. 'Sufism in the Secret…

    Hardback – 2013-06-30

  • Angels of Desire: Esoteric Bodies, Aesthetics and Ethics book cover

    Angels of Desire

    Esoteric Bodies, Aesthetics and Ethics, 1st Edition

    By Jay Johnston

    The idea that the human body consists of 'subtle bodies' - psycho-spiritual essences - can be found in a variety of esoteric traditions. This radical form of selfhood challenges the dualisms at the heart of Western discourse : mind/body, divine/human, matter/spirit, reason/emotion, I/other. 'Angels…

    Paperback – 2009-03-12