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"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


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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.
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  • Hardcover: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195143795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195143799
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,195,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abraham Solomon on November 17, 2013
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The heft, range and quality of the materials selected in this collection is incredible, with all past anthologies of a similar nature paling in comparison. The expert editors for each religion have provided a sensitive sampling of the best mystical thought in that particular tradition. Hope this comes out in an affordable kindle edition.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Just Bill on May 12, 2014
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This book would have to contain handwritten notes from the creator of the universe him/her/it self for it to be worth the price asked.

Either that, or it would have to be bound in the finest calfskin leather, autographed by 14 of the world's most renowned sages, and hand-delivered by the author. In addition, each purchase would have to be an entry into a sweepstakes drawing for a chance to win a trip to seven of the world's most mystical places, with the Dalai Lama being the guide through Tibet.

Short of all that, there's no way I'll pay nearly $140 - down from a full retail price of $175! - for a regular ol' book published April 12, 2013.
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