Dictionaries / Encyclopedias

The study of the western esoteric can encompass a wide array of disciplines. Listed below are some specialized dictionaries that are a useful place for a scholar to begin to researching  core  topics in the field of western esotericism, religion and history.

  • Eliade, Mircea ed. Encyclopedia of Religion. London: Collier Macmillan, 1986.
  • Hanegraaff, Wouter J. ed. Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Leiden: Brill, 2006.
  • Faivre, AntoineWestern Esotericism: A Concise History. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010.
  • Arthur Versluis. Magic and Mysticism: An Introduction to Western Esotericism. Lanham:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007.
  • Richard Smoley and Jay Kinney. Hidden Wisdom: Secrets of Western Esoteric Tradition.  New York : Penguin/Arkana, 1999.
  • Henrik Bogdan. Western Esotericism and Rituals of Initiation.  Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007.

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