Luke Clossey

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Page Range

pp. 615–644


  • English

Print Length

30 pages

20. Intimacy with Jesus

  • Luke Clossey (author)
Three groups of Jesus cultists who made use of both kens to move themselves even closer to him, achieving a kind of intimacy that could become domestic and even sexual. We begin with a group of female mystics, from England to Ethiopia, who cultivated extraordinary marital relationships with Jesus. Second, the participants in the Modern Devotion lived in regulated communities, sometimes involving spiritual nudity and marriage alongside more modest activities like yarn-spinning and prayer. Finally, Hafiz of Shiraz and other Muslim poets (Mahmud Pasha Angelović, Mehmed II, Isa Necati, Qāsim-i Anwār, Mahmoud Shabestari) spun lyrics celebrating comely boys bearing stupor-inducing wine and life-giving Jesus-breath.


Luke Clossey

Associate Professor of Global History at Simon Fraser University

Luke Clossey is an associate professor of global history at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. His first book, Salvation and Globalization in the Early Jesuit Missions (Cambridge UP, 2008), won the Canadian Historical Association's Ferguson Prize for best work of non-Canadian history; a chapter from it won a paper prize from the World History Association. His writings on global religion, the history of ideas, and history methodology have appeared in the Journal of World History, the Journal of Global History, the Journal of Early Modern History, the Sixteenth Century Journal, Global History Review 全球史评 论 , History Compass, the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature, and The Cambridge World History.