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Concept of Theosophy and Historical Process of Theosophical Thought
In this article will be approached that the concept of “theosophy” which finds itself a significant place in Western esoteric tradition and will be discussed that the teaching which has occured under the concept of theosophy and its historical process. Nowadays the concept of theosophy identify with the Theosophical Society which is an occultist movement led by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. But it should be noted that the concept of theosophy had an different location in tradition. Etymologically, theosophy means “divine knowledge/wisdom”; with this meaning it indicates the experiential, transcendent, secret and direct knowledge of god. In this sense the notion of theosophy dating back to ancient times which expresses a sense of religious, mystical and philosophical character. And in Western tradition the relation which theosophy has with Hermetism, gnosticism, kabbalah, neo-Platonism and Christian mysticism is emphasized. In this study the concept of theosophy by isolated from Theosophical Society will be evaluated with its traditional meaning and with its projections in Islamic thought.

Keywords
Theosophy, Theosophical Society, Western Esoteric Tradition, Mysticism, Occultism.


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