Self and Self-Transformations in the History of Religions

Hardcover | 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, however it is understood, in highly expressive and specific ways. Such transformations, often ritually enacted, reveal the primary intuitions, drives, and conflicts active withinthe culture. The individual essays--by such distinguished scholars as Wai-yee Li, Janet Gyatso, Wendy Doniger, Christiano Grottanelli, Charles Malamoud, Margalit Finkelberg, and Moshe Idel--study dramatic examples of these processes in a wide range of cultures, including China, India, Tibet, Greeceand 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 Shulman and Guy S. Stroumsa are both at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.29 × 6.18 × 1.1 inPublished:April 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195144503

ISBN - 13:9780195144505

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