Teaching Mysticism

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William B. Parsons
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AAR Teaching Religious Studies
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The term ''mysticism'' has never been consistently defined or employed, either in religious traditions or in academic discourse. The essays in this volume offer ways of defining what mysticism is, as well as methods for grappling with its complexity in a classroom. This volume addresses the diverse literature surrounding mysticism in four interrelated parts. The first part includes essays on the tradition and context of mysticism, devoted to drawing out and examining the mystical element in many religious traditions. The second part engages traditions and religio-cultural strands in which ''mysticism'' is linked to other terms, such as shamanism, esotericism, and Gnosticism. The volume's third part focuses on methodological strategies for defining ''mysticism,'' with respect to varying social spaces. The final essays show how contemporary social issues and movements have impacted the meaning, study, and pedagogy of mysticism. Teaching Mysticism presents pedagogical reflections on how best to communicate mysticism from a variety of institutional spaces. It surveys the broad range of meanings of mysticism, its utilization in the traditions, the theories and methods that have been used to understand it, and provides critical insight into the resulting controversies.
The term ''mysticism'' has never been consistently defined or employed, either in religious traditions or in academic discourse. The essays in this volume offer ways of defining what mysticism is, as well as methods for grappling with its complexity in a classroom. This volume addresses the diverse literature surrounding mysticism in four interrelated parts. The first part includes essays on the tradition and context of mysticism, devoted to drawing out and examining the mystical element in many religious traditions. The second part engages traditions and religio-cultural strands in which ''mysticism'' is linked to other terms, such as shamanism, esotericism, and Gnosticism. The volume's third part focuses on methodological strategies for defining ''mysticism,'' with respect to varying social spaces. The final essays show how contemporary social issues and movements have impacted the meaning, study, and pedagogy of mysticism. Teaching Mysticism presents pedagogical reflections on how best to communicate mysticism from a variety of institutional spaces. It surveys the broad range of meanings of mysticism, its utilization in the traditions, the theories and methods that have been used to understand it, and provides critical insight into the resulting controversies.
Contributors
Introduction - Teaching Mysticism: Frame and Content
William B. Parsons

Part One: Presenting the Mystical Element: Tradition and Context
1. Teaching ''Hindu Mysticism,'' Hugh B. Urban
2. Mysticism Before Mysticism: Teaching Christian Mysticism as a Historian of Religion, April DeConick
3. Teaching Chinese Mysticism, Livia Kohn
4. The Mystical Dimensions of Buddhism, David B. Gray
5. Teaching Islam, Teaching Islamic Mysticism, David Cook
6. Teaching Jewish Mysticism: Concealing the Concealment and Disclosure of Secrets, Elliot R. Wolfson

Part Two: Negotiating Mysticism: Expanding the Map
7. Chosen by the Spirits: Visionary Ecology and Indigenous Wisdom, Lee Irwin
8. Teaching African American Mysticism, Joy R. Bostic
9. Teaching Experiential Dimensions of Western Esotericism, Wouter J. Hanegraaff

Part Three: Investigating Mysticism: Perspectives, Theories and Institutional Spaces
10. Teaching the Graduate Seminar in Comparative Mysticism: A Participatory Integral Approach, Jorge Ferrer
11. Teaching Mysticism in Dialogue with Gender and Embodiment at a Quaker Seminary: A Feminist Approach, Stephanie Ford
12. Mysticism, Spirituality and the Undergraduate: Reflections on the Use of Psychosocial Theory, William B. Parsons
13. Mysticism in Ecumenical Dialogue: Questions on the Nature and Effects of Mystical Experience, Michael Stoeber

Part Four: Tracking Mysticism: Pedagogy and Contemporary Culture
14. From ''Comparative Mysticism'' to ''New Age Spirituality:'' Teaching New Age as the Raw Materials of Religion, Steven Sutcliffe
15. Mystical Education: Social Theory and Pedagogical Prospects, Philip Wexler
16. Secrets in the Seats: The Erotic, the Paranormal, and the Free Spirit, Jeffrey J. Kripal
The term ''mysticism'' has never been consistently defined or employed, either in religious traditions or in academic discourse. The essays in this volume offer ways of defining what mysticism is, as well as methods for grappling with its complexity in a classroom.
This volume addresses the diverse literature surrounding mysticism in four interrelated parts. The first part includes essays on the tradition and context of mysticism, devoted to drawing out and examining the mystical element in many religious traditions. The second part engages traditions and religio-cultural strands in which ''mysticism'' is linked to other terms, such as shamanism, esotericism, and Gnosticism. The volume's third part focuses on methodological strategies for defining ''mysticism,'' with respect to varying social spaces. The final essays show how contemporary social issues and movements have impacted the meaning, study, and pedagogy of mysticism.

Teaching Mysticism presents pedagogical reflections on how best to communicate mysticism from a variety of institutional spaces. It surveys the broad range of meanings of mysticism, its utilization in the traditions, the theories and methods that have been used to understand it, and provides critical insight into the resulting controversies.

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