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Gnostics, Taoists, and Sufis

Mark Sedgwick

in Against the Modern World

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195152975
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835225 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195152972.003.0004
 Gnostics, Taoists, and Sufis

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This chapter continues the early biography of Ren” Gu”non from 1909. It covers his membership in the Universal Gnostic Church and his Masonic contacts with Oswald Wirth, and ends with the dissolution of the Belle Epoque occultist milieu during the First World War. The chapter also examines the influence on Gu”non of the ideas of the imperialist Albert de Pouvourville and of the Sufi Ivan Agu”li, and the origins of de Pouvourville’s and Agu”li’s ideas. It finally compares Agu”li with two other early Western Sufis, Isabelle Eberhardt and Rudolf von Sebottendorff, and examines the nature of their conversions to Islam.

Keywords: Gnosticism; imperialism; Aguéli; Sufism; Eberhardt; Sebottendorff; Islam; conversion

Chapter.  6964 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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