Over the last few decades, the study of Western esotericism has increasingly become a recognised subject in the academic world, thanks to the work of renowned historians, such as Antoine Faivre and Wouter Hanegraaff. In the 20th century, some scholars began to study the connections between Christian, Islamic and Jewish esotericism, but much remains to be explored. This conference will look both in present and past contexts. It will help us to understand to what extent the category of esotericism can be used in other religious
and cultural contexts and will enable us to address the esoteric-spiritual dimension within each religion. The conference has been organised in collaboration with Dilek Sarmis and Mark Sedgwick. Dilek Sarmis is a researcher at the Center d’Études Turques, Ottomanes, Balkaniques et Centrasiatiques (CETOBaC – EHESS), Paris, and Mark Sedgwick is a professor at the University of Aarhus and a founder of the European
Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE). This will be the inaugural conference of the new network.
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