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Editor's introduction: G. I. Gurdjieff and the study of Religion/s

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-114
JournalInternational Journal for the Study of New Religions
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2016


This is an introduction by the guest editors to a special issue on the study of Gurdjieff approached within the comparative study of religion/s. We position this special issue within a new wave in the study of Gurdjieff that aims to eschew emic biases as well as a narrow ‘new religion’ typology in order better to engage the social, cultural and textual histories common to the general study of religion/s. We briefly indicate the existing scholarship on Gurdjieff in this light before introducing the contents of the five original articles in this special issue, with particular reference to the pioneering work of Andrew Rawlinson on Gurdjieff as a ‘western guru’.

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