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Articles and Book Chapters 2011

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Teaching Experiential Dimensions of Western Esotericism

William B. Parsons (ed.), Teaching Mysticism, Oxford University Press 2011, 154-169.

Criticising common understandings of "mysticism" (with references especially to the influential approach of Louis Bouyer), I explain why in my own program I focus rather on the search for "gnosis" in Western esotericism, with special emphasis on the relevance in that respect of Alterations of Consciousness.

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Kabbalah in Gnosis Magazine (1985-1999)

Boaz Huss (ed.), Kabbalah and Contemporary Spiritual Revival (The Goldstein-Goren Library of Jewish Thought Publication No. 14), Ben Gurion University of the Negev Press: Beer-Sheva 2011, 251-266.

A short analysis of Gnosis Magazine, a pioneering periodical for the popular market that helped lifting popular perceptions of esotericism to a somewhat higher level of quality during the 1980s and 1990s. I concentrate on how kabbalah is being discussed in this magazine.

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Ayahuasca Groups and Networks in the Netherlands:

A Challenge to the Study of Contemporary Religion

Beatriz Caiuby Labate & Henrik Jungaberle (eds.), The Internationalization of Ayahuasca, Lit Verlag: Zürich / Berlin 2011, 85-103.

This article begins with a short overview of the Dutch "ayahuasca scene," followed by a more theoretical analysis of its legal situation in the Netherlands and the wider issue of definitions of "religion" and their implications for freedom of religion.

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Joseph Ennemoser and Magnetic Historiography

Politica Hermetica 25 (2011), 65-83.

This article about the the Romantic Mesmerist Joseph Ennemoser and his "History of Magic" is based on the relevant chapter in Esotericism and the Academy.