"This is an excellent anthology. Steven Katz has long argued that mysticism is not invariant, but is shaped by the concepts, doctrines, and practices of particular religious traditions. This volume provides material for responsible comparative study. Scholars of each tradition have selected texts, written informative introductions, and noted the provenance of each work. The selections are longer than usual and thus provide more context. I recommend it highly."--Wayne Proudfoot, Professor of Religion, Columbia University
"Comparative Mysticism is a rich and wide-ranging collection of writings that illustrate key topics in the mystical teachings of major religious traditions. The expert selection of texts and thoughtful introductions by leading authorities make this a highly valuable resource for students of mysticism."--Carl W. Ernst, author of How to Read the Qur'an: A New Guide, with Select Translations
About the Author
Steven T. Katz is Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University and holds the Alvin J. and Shirley Slater Chair in Jewish and Holocaust Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.