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Longing and Letting Go: Christian and Hindu Practices of Passionate Non-Attachment

Holly Hillgardner


Comparative theology investigates and negotiates the borders between religious traditions; at best, it also unsettles theological assumptions and results in greater interreligious empathy and understanding for an interconnected, pluralistic world. Toward these aims, the book explores and compares the energies of desire and non-attachment in the writings of two women mystics who lived in very different times and places: Hadewijch, a thirteenth-century Christian Beguine, and Mirabai, a sixteenth-century Hindu bhakti saint.. Whereas a number of Hindu and Christian traditions place eros and renunc ... More

Keywords: non-attachment, eros, other, comparative theology, Hadewijch, feminist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190455538
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190455538.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Holly Hillgardner, author
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Bethany College