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Contemporary Voices from Anima Mundi

A Reappraisal

Edited By Frédérique Apffel-Marglin and Stefano Varese

This book is a reconsideration of spirituality as a lived experience in the lives of the contributors. The authors speak both as well-informed scholars and as individuals who experienced the lived spirituality they give voice to. The authors do not place themselves above and outside of what they are writing about but within that world. They speak of living psychospiritual traditions of healing both the self and the world; of traditions that have not disembedded the self from the wider world. Those traditions are from indigenous North and South America (5 essays), a Buddhist/Shakta from Bengal, an Indo-Persian Islamic psychoanalyst, and a mystical Jewish feminist rabbi. The book also includes a historical essay about the extermination of the Renaissance worldview of Anima Mundi.

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D. Ahmed is Chairperson and Senior Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Gender and Culture, Lahore, Pakistan. From 1976 to 2009, she taught at the National College of Arts in Lahore, where she was Professor of Psychology and Communications and Director, Graduate Program in Cultural Studies. She is also a practicing psychotherapist. She is the author of Masculinity, Rationality and Religion: A Feminist Perspective, and editor and contributing author of Gendering the Spirit: Women, Religion and Postcolonial Response.

Frédérique Apffel-Marglin is Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology at Smith College. She founded Sachamama Center for Biocultural Regeneration (SCBR) in the Peruvian Upper Amazon in 2009. She has published fourteen books and circa seventy articles. Her most recent book, written with Robert Tindall and David Shearer, is Sacred Soil: Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth (North Atlantic Books, 2017). The Spanish translation was published in Lima, Peru, with the title of Yana Allpa (Apus Graph, 2019).

Guillermo Delgado-P. is a Bolivian anthropologist and Quechua linguist. He obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches at the University of California-Santa Cruz in the Departments of Anthropology and Latin American Studies. He is coeditor of Indigeneity: Collected Essays (Santa Cruz, CA, 2012), Identidad, ciudadanía y participación popular (Plural Editores, 2003), and Quechua Verbal Artistry (Bonn, 2004).

Fern Feldman is a rabbi, nurse practitioner, and hypnotherapist living in Seattle, Washington. Her academic background includes a degree...

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