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Mystical Languages of Unsaying 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0226747873
ISBN-10: 0226747875
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About the Author

Michael A. Sells is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Religion at Haverford College. He is the author of several books on religion, including "Mystical Languages of Unsaying" (1994).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1st edition (May 2, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226747875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226747873
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Using examples from Christian and Islamic mystical texts,
Sells shows that these texts operate through "apophatic" language, that is the language of unsaying
or saying what cannot be said. An important study in the History
of Religions, in Literary Criticism, and in the comparative study of mysticism.
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This is a powerful book by a great scholar. The way that Sells applies and critiques postmodern thought in relationship to mystic experience is quite powerful. The notion of "unsaying," that mystic language both tells us something and unspeaks itself simultaneously is brilliant. A must for students of mystic thought.
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Very scholarly for my background and training. Maybe to be expected based on the subject matter, but definitely moments of "moving" inspiration arising from the mystic's efforts at "Unsaying".
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The contents of this text are profound and one of the best treatments of the subject I've ever come across. It has incarnated, nay, manifested itself as a University of Chicago paperback. That august publisher has provided us with a tangible reminder of the universality of mutability and change. Not long after I started reading it, the book split along the spine and now all the pages are falling out. So I must search for a hardcover version, if it exists.
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