The time period ''mysticism'' hasn't ever been regularly outlined or hired, both in non secular traditions or in educational discourse. The essays during this quantity provide methods of defining what mysticism is, in addition to equipment for grappling with its complexity in a classroom.
This quantity addresses the various literature surrounding mysticism in 4 interrelated elements. the 1st half contains essays at the culture and context of mysticism, dedicated to drawing out and interpreting the magical point in lots of non secular traditions. the second one half engages traditions and religio-cultural strands within which ''mysticism'' is associated with different phrases, similar to shamanism, esotericism, and Gnosticism. The volume's 3rd half makes a speciality of methodological recommendations for outlining ''mysticism,'' with appreciate to various social areas. the ultimate essays exhibit how modern social concerns and events have impacted the that means, research, and pedagogy of mysticism.
Teaching Mysticism offers pedagogical reflections on how most sensible to speak mysticism from various institutional areas. It surveys the wide variety of meanings of mysticism, its usage within the traditions, the theories and techniques which have been used to appreciate it, and gives serious perception into the ensuing controversies.