Re: Should be an interesting book for students of Theosophy. It's available online.

Pavel Axentiev

What is a good source for Theosophical bibliography? (Preferably online.)

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Pavel A.

On Mon, Oct 4, 2021 at 2:18 PM Ramu <peacebliss@...> wrote:
Should be an interesting book for students of Theosophy. It's available online. Look at the contents.

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Imagining the East: The Early Theosophical Society

Tim Rudbog and Erik Sand


The Theosophical Society (est. 1875 in New York by H. P. Blavatsky, H. S. Olcott, and others) is increasingly becoming recognized for its influential role in shaping the alternative new religious and cultural landscape of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and perhaps especially for being an early promoter of interest in Eastern religions and philosophies. Many scholars now point to the Theosophical Society’s early popularization of Eastern concepts in the West and that Blavatsky and Olcott were the first known Westerners to convert to Buddhism, but despite this increasing awareness many of the central questions relating to the early Theosophical Society and the East still remain largely unexplored. This volume is the first academic anthology specifically dedicated to a more detailed study of the early Theosophical Society and the East (1875–1900). In addition to locating and analyzing new historical material, this book explores how the Theosophists approached the East and how in so doing they were similar to and different from Orientalists at the time. It explores how Theosophists represented the East and engaged with the people they came into contact with. Major topics include Sanskrit, Buddhism, Hindu philosophy, Eastern masters, yoga, and how such subjects were written about in Theosophical journals and in modernist literature. The innovative studies in this volume also explore the close relation between Theosophy, Hindu reform movements, and Indian politics and thereby offer new insights into the role of modern esotericism, globalization, and cross-cultural dynamics in the nineteenth century.

Keywords: Theosophical SocietyTheosophycross-cultural interchangeOrientalismmodern esotericismglobalizationTheosophyH. P. Blavatskyhistory of ideaspostcolonial studies


Print publication date: 2020Print ISBN-13: 9780190853884
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190853884.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Rudbog, editor
Associate Professor/Director, Copenhagen Center for the Study of Theosophy and Esotericism

Erik Sand, editor
Emeritus Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen


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Front Matter


Tim Rudbøg and Erik Reenberg Sand

6 The Mahatma Letters

Joscelyn Godwin


Tim Rudbøg and Erik Reenberg Sand

End Matter

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