Review of Three Gurdjieff-Related Books


  • Joseph Azize University of Sydney



G.I. Gurdjieff (c.1865-1949), biography, Jeanne de Salzmann, Contemplation, Kathryn Hulme, Solita Solano


Three recent Gurdjieff-related volumes are reviewed: Women of the Rope comprising diary notes chiefly by Solano and Hulme; The Reality of Being by Jeanne de Salzmann (generally regarded as his leading pupil); and Questions and Answers along the Way which transcribes group meetings with Hugh Ripman. These flesh out Gurdjieff’s ideas and methods in important ways. Most significantly, a good deal of light is shed on Gurdjieff’s introduction of contemplation-like inner exercises. The most important of these is the daily “meditation” which he called “the Preparation”. Also, it is suggested that Gurdjieff’s system, originally designed to harmonise “Eastern” and “Western”, underwent a process of “Easternization” after his death in 1949.


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Author Biography

Joseph Azize, University of Sydney

Joseph Azize is an honorary associate with the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney. Academically, he publishes chiefly in early Christian history, and in Gurdjieff-related studies. He edited the writings and table talk of the late George Adie, a personal pupil of Gurdjieff, Ouspensky and Jeanne de Salzmann, under the title: George Adie: A Gurdjieff Pupil in Australia (2nd expanded edition 2015).


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How to Cite

Azize, J. (2016). Review of Three Gurdjieff-Related Books. Fieldwork in Religion, 11(1), 104–120.