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Freemasonry and the Orient

Esotericisms between the East and the West

Barbara De Poli    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia     ORCID iD



The symbolic and historical dimension of the main founding archetypes of Freemasonry – the Orient with a special focus on Egypt – are at the core of this book, which aims to recover the red thread with which masons tie together Masonry and Oriental esotericism. If, on the one hand, the Author points out mystifications and inventions that have characterised part of the Masonic narrative on its origins; on the other hand, she unearths the history of real contaminations and intersections between esotericism of the East and the West, digging up the common matrix that nourished them.

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Keywords: Egypt. Esoterism. Freemasonry. Hermeticism. Islam. Middle East. Orient. Ottoman Empire. Sufism.

Published: Oct. 25, 2019

Language: en

ISBN (print): 978-88-6969-339-7
ISBN (ebook): 978-88-6969-338-0
DOI 10.30687/978-88-6969-338-0

permalink http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-338-0

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