, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 533–534 | Cite as

Review of Miklós Vassányi, Enikő Sepsi, and Anikó Daróczi (eds.), The Immediacy of Mystical Experience in the European Tradition

Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2017, ISBN: 978-3-319-45067-4, hb, xix+274pp.
  • Peter GanEmail author

This volume contains a diversity of scholarly works by various authors focusing on the topic of mystical experience as contextualized in the European tradition. All in all, there are 22 chapters that are separated according to the following three major historical periods: ‘Antiquity and the Middle Ages,’ ‘Early Modernity,’ and ‘Modern and Postmodern Times.’ Given the immense compass of historical growth in mysticism as developed in Europe, the work here deserves commendation for its attempt to balance the old with the new, from Plato to Fowler. The collection is inevitably selective and while the declared threading theme is the immediacy of mystical experience, this is not consistently adhered to. I shall say a bit more on this later. What does come through for the reader, even from a cursory glance of the entire work, is the rich variegation of patterns of mysticism traversing the European continent and its history. Interestingly, while a mysticism enthusiast may expect to come...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universiti Sains MalaysiaMindenMalaysia

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