Special Issue "Mysticism and Spirituality in Medieval Spain"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Jessica A. Boon

Department of Religious Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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Phone: 919-843-3094
Interests: Christian thought and culture in late medieval and early modern Europe; religion in Spain; mysticism and Passion spirituality; gender and sexuality; history of science

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

While inter-religious interactions and conflicts are often the focus of research on medieval Iberia, medieval Spain is also the birthplace of major mystics and is the source of significant movements within the mystical and spiritual traditions for each of the Western monotheistic religions. These multiple mysticisms are rarely addressed in one context, however, since thirteenth century figures such as Moses de León (the Zohar) or Ibn al-Arabi (al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya, the Meccan Revelations) significantly pre-date the first Christian mystical and visionary texts circa 1500. In addition, the associated spiritual developments within each monotheistic religion, such as devotion to the saints, messianic movements, Passion spirituality, or apocalypticism, are seldom brought together in the same venue for scholarly assessments of Spanish mystical or visionary experience. This Special Issue of the journal of Religion seeks to bring together scholarship on the various mystical and spiritual traditions of Spain before 1550, with attention to the historical and political contexts of the mystical work(s) or spiritual movements.

Of particular interest are proposals that either contribute to the study of inter-religious or cross-cultural interactions, or that forefront analyses of embodiment and social location (race, gender, sexuality, disability studies; postcolonial, posthuman, materiality, new materiality, neuroscientific approaches; history of art, emotions, science). By bringing together contributions that reflect the latest developments in methodology for the study of mysticism and spirituality through in-depth case studies embedded in the local particularities of medieval Spanish religious traditions, this Special Issue will be of interest not only to Hispanists, but also to historians of mysticism and religious studies scholars.

The articles are due by 1 September 2019, with a recommended word length of under 10,000 words (with some flexibility as a result of the digital platform for the journal). Contacting the guest editor, Jessica A. Boon ([email protected]), with an abstract of the proposed article by 1 May is encouraged. If there are more than 10 contributors, the volume will also be made available as an e-book.

Dr. Jessica A. Boon
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • mysticism
  • spirituality
  • Kabbalah
  • Sufism
  • medieval Spain
  • saints
  • embodiment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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