Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke (2008), The Western Esoteric Traditions, Oxford University Press
Good College-Level intro. Course book.
SUNY (State University of New York) series in Western Esoteric Traditions:
Antoine Faivre (2010), Western Esotericism, A Concise History, SUNY
Antoine Faivre (2000), Theosophy, Imagination, Tradition, SUNY
NOTE: One reason we may mention Faivre, probably too much, is that his work was foundational in the field. He is a primary source.
"The heuristic value of Faivre's definition is undeniable. ... It is clear, however, that largely thanks to the Faivre paradigm in the 1990's. Western esotericism is now increasingly recognized as an area of research that deserves serious academic attention, and the implications of which are likely to transform our perception of Western religious history as a whole."
Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, Brill Press.
Awesome, just a few more days and Theosophy, Imagination, Tradition will be at my door :)
feel free to always ask any questions, once you get into the book!
p.s. it is somewhat of a seminal work. Good book.
Wouter J. Hanegraaff editor (2006) , Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism, Brill Press.
Excellent reference book (about 1200+ pages). It seems closer to an encyclopedia than a dictionary
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