Prof. Hugh Urban

hugh-166x198Hugh B. Urban is a professor of religious studies and South Asian studies in the Department of Comparative Studies at Ohio State University. He is primarily interested in Tantra and in the complex interactions between Tantra and new religious currents in America and Europe. He is the author of seven books, including Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics and Power in the Study of Religions (2003), Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism (2005), and The Power of Tantra: Religion, Sexuality and the Politics of South Asian Studies (2010).

Publications

2012. “Tantra, American Style: From the Path of Power to the Yoga of Sex.” In Transformations and Transfer of Tantra in Asia and Beyond, Istvàn Keul, ed. Berlin: De Gruyter.

2010. The Power of Tantra: Religion, Sexuality, and the Politics of South Asian Studies. London and New York: I.B. Tauris and Palgrave MacMillan.

2006. Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism. Berkeley: University of California Press.

2003. Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics and Power in the Study of Religion. Berkeley: University of California Press.

2008. “The Yoga of Sex: Tantra, Orientalism and Sexual Magic in the Ordo Templi Orientis,” in Hidden Intercourse: Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotericism, Jeffrey J. Kripal and Wouter J. Hanegraaff, eds. Leiden: Brill.

2005. “Osho, From Sex Guru to Guru of the Rich: The Spiritual Logic of Late Capitalism.” In Gurus in America. Edited by Cynthia Ann Humes (Albany: SUNY Press), pp.169-192.

2004. “The Beast with Two Backs: Aleister Crowley, Sex Magic and the Exhaustion of Modernity.” Nova Religio 7, no.3: 7-25.

2003. “Unleashing the Beast: Aleister Crowley, Tantra and Sex Magic in late Victorian England.” Esoterica: The Journal of Esoteric Studies 5: 138-92. Also on-line here.

2001. “The Omnipotent Oom: Tantra and its Impact on Modern Western Esotericism,” Esoterica: The Journal of Esoteric Studies 3: 218-259. Also on-line here.

2000. “The Cult of Ecstasy: Tantrism, the New Age and the Spiritual Logic of Late Capitalism,” History of Religions 39: 268-304.