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Under the general heading "Gnosis and Western Esotericism", this Dictionary bringstogether a great range of historical currents and personalities that have flourished inWestern culture and society over a period of roughly two millennia, from Late Antiquityto the present. By doing so, it intends not only to provide a comprehensive reference work,but also to question certain ingrained assumptions about the history of Western religionand culture, and promote new agendas and analytical frameworks for research in thesedomains. Wh... More >>>
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Author:      Wouter Hanegraaff
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Under the general heading "Gnosis and Western Esotericism", this Dictionary brings

together a great range of historical currents and personalities that have flourished in

Western culture and society over a period of roughly two millennia, from Late Antiquity

to the present. By doing so, it intends not only to provide a comprehensive reference work,

but also to question certain ingrained assumptions about the history of Western religion

and culture, and promote new agendas and analytical frameworks for research in these

domains. What is at stake in such a shift of perspective can best be illustrated by taking a

short look at the main terminological conventions that have traditionally been dominant.

About Author:

Wouter Jacobus Hanegraaff (born 1961) is full professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and related currents at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He served as the first President of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) from 2005 to 2013.

Hanegraaff was raised as the son of a theologian.[1] He originally studied classical guitar at the Municipal Conservatory at Zwolle from 1982 to 1987, and cultural history at the University of Utrecht from 1986 to 1990. From 1992 to 1996 he was a Research Fellow at the department for the Study of Religions at the University of Utrecht. From 1996 to 1999 Hanegraaff held a postdoctoral fellowship from the Dutch Association for Scientific Research (NWO), during which time he spent a period working in Paris. In 1999 he became professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam. From 2002 to 2006 he has been president of the Dutch Society for the Study of Religion, and, from 2005 to 2013, president of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism. In 2006 he was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he is now an hononrary member of the ESSWE.

From 2001-2010 Hanegraaff was editor (with Antoine Faivre and Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke) of Aries: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism (Brill publ.) and from 2006-2010 editor of the " Aries Book Series: Texts and Studies in Western Esotericism" (Brill publ.). He is member of the editorial board of the journals Aries (Brill), Numen (Brill), Religion Compass and Esoterica , and of the advisory board of Journal of Contemporary Religion (Carfax) and Nova Religio (University of California Press).