Self and Self-Transformation in the History of Religions

Paperback | April 15, 2002

EditorDavid Shulman, Guy S. Stroumsa

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This book brings together scholars of a variety of the world's major civilizations to focus on the universal theme of inner transformation. The idea of the "self" is a cultural formation like any other, and models and conceptions of the inner world of the person vary widely from onecivilization to another. Nonetheless, all the world's great religions insist on the need to transform this inner world. Such transformations, often ritually enacted, reveal the primary intuitions, drives, and conflicts active within the culture. The individual essays study dramatic examples ofthese processes in a wide range of cultures, including China, India, Tibet, Greece and Rome, Late Antiquity, Islam, Judaism, and medieval and early-modern Christian Europe.

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This book brings together scholars of a variety of the world's major civilizations to focus on the universal theme of inner transformation. The idea of the "self" is a cultural formation like any other, and models and conceptions of the inner world of the person vary widely from onecivilization to another. Nonetheless, all the world'...

David Schulman and Guy S. Stroumsa are both at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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David Shulman and Guy G. Stroumsa: IntroductionPart I: Alternative Economies of the Self1. Charles Malamoud, Retired, formally Directeur d'Etudes at the Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris: A Body Made of Worlds and Poetic Metres2. Wai-yee Li, Harvard University: On Becoming a Fish: Paradoxes of Immortality and Enlightenment in Chinese Literature3. Wendy Doniger, The University of Chicago: Transformations of Subjectivity and Memory in the Mahabharata and the Ramayana4. Guy G. Stroumsa, Hebrew University: Madness and Divinization in Early Christian MonasticismPart II: The Self Possessed5. Christiano Grottanelli, University of Pisa: Possessed Transsexuals in Late Antiquity: A Double Transformation6. Hildegard Cancik-Lindemaier, classicist: Madness and Suffering in the Myth of Hercules7. Shaul Shaked, Hebrew University: Healing as an Act of Transformation8. David Shulman, Hebrew University: Tirukkovaiyar: Downstream into God9. Moshe Sluhovsky, Hebrew University: Spirit Possession as Self-Transformative Experience in Late-Medieval Catholic EuropePart III: Beyond the Self10. Margalit Finkelberg, University of Tel Aviv: Religion and Biography in Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus11. Janet Gyatso, Amherst College: The Ins and Outs of Self-Transformation: Personal and Social Sides of Visionary Practice in Tibetan Buddhism12. Sara Sviri, University College, London: The Self and its Transformation in Sufism with Special Reference to Early Literature13. Moshe Idel, Hebrew University: From Platonic to Hasidic Eros: Transformations of an Idle Man's StoryDon Handelman, Hebrew University: Postlude: The Interior Sociality of Self-Transformation