International Journal for the Study of New Religions, Vol 6, No 2 (2015)

G. I. Gurdjieff and the Study of Religion/s

Steven Sutcliffe, Carole M. Cusack
Issued Date: 20 Jan 2016


This is an introduction by the guest editors to a special issue on the study of Gurdjieff approached within the comparative study of religion/s. We position this special issue within a new wave in the study of Gurdjieff that aims to eschew emic biases as well as a narrow ‘new religion’ typology in order better to engage the social, cultural and textual histories common to the general study of religion/s. We briefly indicate the existing scholarship on Gurdjieff in this light before introducing the contents of the five original articles in this special issue, with particular reference to the pioneering work of Andrew Rawlinson on Gurdjieff as a ‘western guru’.

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DOI: 10.1558/ijsnr.v6i2.29039


Azize, Joseph.

2012. “Gurdjieff’s Sacred Dances and Movements.” In New Religions and Cultural Production, edited by Carole M. Cusack and Alex Norman, 297–330. Leiden and Boston, MA: Brill.

2013. “‘The Four Ideals’: A Contemplative Exercise by Gurdjieff.” ARIES 13: 173–203.

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Coates, Chris. 2013. “How Many Arks Does It Take?” In Spiritual and Visionary Communities: Out to Save the World, edited by Timothy Miller, 176–189. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

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2014. “Special Issue: G. I. Gurdjieff.” Journal for the Academic Study of Religion Volume 27 Number 3.

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2012. Handbook of New Religions and Cultural Production. Leiden: Brill.

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Ouspensky, Pyotr Demianovich.

2001 [1949]. In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching. San Diego, New York, and London: Harcourt.

Petsche, Johanna.

2013. “A Gurdjieff Genealogy: Tracing the Manifold Ways the Gurdjieff Teaching Has Travelled.” International Journal for the Study of New Religions 4(1): 49–79.

2015. Gurdjieff and Music: The Gurdjieff/de Hartmann Piano Music and its Esoteric Significance. Leiden: Brill.

Pittman, Michael S.

2012. Classical Spirituality in Contemporary America: The Confluence and Contribution of G. I. Gurdjieff and Sufism. London and New York: Bloomsbury.

Rawlinson, Andrew.

1997. The Book of the Enlightened Masters: Western Teachers in Eastern Traditions. Chicago and La Salle, IL: Open Court.

Sutcliffe, Steven J.

2014. “Hard Work: Locating Gurdjieff in the Study of Religion/s.” Journal for the Academic Study of Religion 27(3): 262–284.

Tolley, Dorine.

2008. The Power Within: Leon MacLaren, a Memoir of his Life and Work. Sydney: Dorine Tolley.

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