Freemasonry: A Very Short Introduction

Freemasonry: A Very Short Introduction

Andreas Önnerfors

Oxford University Press

7 settembre 2017

pp. 160.

ISBN-10: 0198796277

ISBN-13: 978-0198796275

This Very Short Introduction introduces the inner activities of freemasonry, and the rituals, symbols and practices. Looking at the development of the organizational structure of masonry from the local to the global level, Andreas Önnerfors considers perceptions of freemasonry from the outside world, and navigates through the prevalent fictions and conspiracy theories. He also discusses how freemasonry has from its outset struggled with issues of exclusion based upon gender, race and religion, despite promoting tolerant openness and inclusion. Finally Önnerfors shines a light on the rarely discussed but highly compelling history of female agency in masonic and para-masonic orders.