Born in India , the descendant of a family of Afghan nobles, Shah grew up mainly in England. His early writings centred on magic and witchcraft. In his writings, Shah presented Sufism as a universal form of wisdom that predated Islam. Emphasizing that Sufism was not static but always adapted itself to the current time, place and people, he framed his teaching in Western psychological terms.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Almost every social system throughout history has produced its secret societies. Here is a unique study of such societies from earliest recorded times to the present, along with an analysis of their forms, rituals, and beliefs.
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May 04, Jill Hutchinson rated it did not like it Shelves: non-fiction. This book looked so enticing How could I resist? I should have since this is a boring, repetitive treatise on groups from ancient times, most of which have long since disappeared. And they all seem to be the same Lots of information about the rites of these groups which also seem to be similar.
After about two chapters, I was nodding off but I did finish the book. Do This book looked so enticing Don't bother. View all 5 comments. Oct 03, Leo. This is a good book if one has a good knowledge of history to start. However I did enjoy the read. Some good knowledge. Dec 06, Walt rated it it was ok Shelves: history-other.
A light and cursory reading that mixes scholarship with sensationalism. When considering a topic as broad as secret societies, it is seemingly impossible to adequately cover all of them. The selected societies in this text are an odd mixture of religious groups, criminal bands, and social phenomena. Some readers may raise an eye brow that Sufis and Buddhists are included alongside the Illuminati and Rosicrucians.
The study of each group also takes unusual paths. The author focuses a lot on cerem A light and cursory reading that mixes scholarship with sensationalism. The author focuses a lot on ceremony and degrees of initiation rather than the historical account of the societies. A chapter entitled "The High Priesthood of Thebes" is entirely devoted to initiation rites. This would be much more fascinating to the reader if they had some background as to this group.
In a few places the author does better at balancing the orders of the societies with actual history. His chapters on the Tongs and Charcoal Burners of Italy show these groups to be more focused on crime than socio-political-religious leanings.
Overall, the chapters are too cursory, even with just examining just 24 societies. There are no references or further readings. This can be maddening when wanting to know more about the Charcoal Burners and their Medieval Sicilian counterparts, the Avengers; or even more information about the Guardian Angel or Peacock Angel devotees. This book does little more than spread a vague awareness of the topic.
Mar 18, Toni rated it it was amazing. Some wonderfully accurate information here. I have to admit that I skimmed the last 50 or so pages of this.
It isn't that the information is bad, or the writing, but that it became so very repetitive as the author cataloged the initiation information and goals of these societies that he examined. While I did pick up some information that I didn't have before, the book as a whole was only partly 'a history', and as much or more I have to admit that I skimmed the last 50 or so pages of this. In the end, the book feels too cursory, and the repetition makes me doubt much of it will stick with me. Probably better to look for books that deal with each subject alone, if that is an area of interest, although, if all one was looking for was an introduction to secret associations, this might be all one needs.
View 1 comment. Nov 08, Tucker rated it liked it Shelves: idea-list-eunuchs-in-religion. The material is very interesting. The writing is unfortunately a little difficult to follow.
Histories are not always arranged chronologically, so suddenly the reader will be yanked into a different century without warning or explanation. Theological beliefs are sometimes described as if they are historical fact; sometimes this is clarified later in the chapter, and sometimes not. There is not much solid theoretical analysis, either, but, if you can sort out the information, there's many intrigu The material is very interesting.
There is not much solid theoretical analysis, either, but, if you can sort out the information, there's many intriguing stories. Information about the Skoptsi sect in Russia was posted to Disruptive Dissertation. Mar 13, Kristi Thompson rated it it was ok Shelves: nonfiction.
More a study of religion than societies, I think; most were really more what I would call mystery cults. And not terribly secret, most of them I found the Sufi and the followers of the Peacock Angel the most interesting. I could imagine joining them. In the chapter on witchcraft I started wondering, though. He complained that other researchers of the phenomenon picked and chose what evidence to base their conclusions on, then went ahead and did the same thing.
Dec 28, RB rated it really liked it. If you can track this down, this has a whole range of whacky material and is one of the best of its ilk I've come across. Dec 12, David added it. Thorough, engaging and well planned out. Though not exhaustive, "A History of Secret Societies" provides a nice introduction to various teachings and spiritual expressions.
Feb 10, Annette rated it liked it Shelves: library , read-before Sep 05, Michael T. Enjoyed reading this an felt that I actually learned some stuff. Jul 14, Timm rated it really liked it Shelves: history , sociology. Interesting high-level overview of various societies. Look elsewhere for depth. A series of essays on various secret societies throughout time. Too cursory to be very interesting unfortunately. I thought that this was a simple easy to read snapshot of several secret societies from history.
It does not go too in-depth its a short book but I would recommend it.
More a study of religion than societies, I think; most were really more what I would call mystery cults. And not terribly secret, most of them I found the Sufi and the followers of the Peacock Angel A History of Secret Societies. Arkon Daraul.
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