Journals Higher Education



Published: 23 May 2002

672 Pages | 9 halftones

7 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195151381

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Edited by Vincent L. Wimbush and Richard Valantasis

The only comprehensive reference work on asceticism with a multicultural, multireligious, and multidisciplinary perspective, Asceticism offers a sweeping view of an elusive and controversial aspect of religious life and culture. Providing a broad historical and comparative perspective, contributions by more than forty preeminent scholars in a wide range of fields and disciplines explore asceticism from antiquity to the present in European, Near Eastern, African, Asian, and North American settings. An incomparable reference, Asceticism offers a model for an understanding of a most important dimension of religious life.