I’ve had three non-fiction books published — Freemasonry: A History, Freemasonry: Foundation of the Western Esoteric Tradition, and, most recently, The Crescent and The Compass. Below you can find a little about each.
The revised, 2017, Torazzi Press edition contains additional material on Aleister Crowley and Sufism. The book looks at a rarely-discussed, 18th-century Masonic catechism and its mention of an Islamic mystic influential in the development of Islamic gnosticism.
Besides minor edits made throughout, the section on Moorish science and African-American religious thought and spiritual expression has been slightly expanded and revised to reflect the development of my own understanding of these movements in the two years since the release of the first edition.
Other chapters explore Ayatollah Khomeini and Islamic gnosticism; Prince Hall, Africa-American Freemasonry, and the birth of Black nationalism in the USA; the development of Sufism; and the Ancient Order of Zuzimites, and the influence of René Guénon on contemporary Islamic and pro-Islamic thought.
Praise for The Crescent And The Compass:
“A Pioneering study” — Andrei Znamenski, author of Red Shambhala: Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia.
“Millar’s […] understanding of his chosen subjects is deep. I can recommend this book wholeheartedly as an example of scholarship and research in the interest of making clearer Freemasonry’s tangled relationship with little understood trends and figures in the modern world” — The Plumbline (Scottish Rite Research Society).
“The Crescent and the Compass is a highly significant work… of extraordinary importance in this time of cultural and even spiritual conflict” — New Dawnmagazine.
“… an excellent reminder of the wisdom that can come studying the intersections of cultures, people, and places” — Aimee E. Newell, The Northern Light.
“Millar calls to us to develop new ways of looking at the world, especially the religion of Islam” —Gangleri.nl.
“… absolutely the best book I’ve read about Freemasonry” — Mindaugas Peleckis, radikaliai.lt.
“Millar argues convincingly that the historical connections between Muslims and Freemasonry are much more abundant, and much more complex, than is usually given credit for” — Correspondences, an online journal for the academic study of Western esotericism.
“… a brilliant exposition on a neglected topic… crucial for an accurate understanding of Islam and Freemasonry today” — Greg Kaminsky, Occult of Personality podcast.
The Crescent and The Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism, and Revolution in The Modern Age (Numen Books, 2015)
From the publisher:
A timely survey of radical spirituality and political activism in Islam and the West over the last century and a half, The Crescent and the Compass uncovers numerous previously unknown and unexplored connections between European, American, and Muslim movements, organizations, secret societies, and thinkers.
Subjects covered include Ayatollah Khomeini and Islamic gnosticism (‘irfan); Sufism and Shi’ism; the influence of the ideas of Rene Guenon, a former Catholic and Freemason, and convert to Sufism; and Charles, the Prince of Wales, Traditionalism and Islamic spirituality. At the heart of the book, however, are the many connections, during the 19th and early 20th centuries, between various Muslim revolutionaries and Freemasonry, a fraternal movement that was highly influential in the spiritual and occult avant-garde of Western Europe and America,
The Crescent and the Compass not only explores how revolutionaries and anti-colonialists, such as Sayyid Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani, attempted to mold Masonic Lodges for political aims, but how interpretations of Islam and Freemasonry converged in the writings and practices of such figures as poet and occultist Aleister Crowley; Noble Drew Ali, founder of the faith of Moorish Science in the USA; Abdullah Quilliam, Shaykh-ul-Islam of the British Isles; and, as anti-Freemasonry, in the contemporary Islamist movement.
Exploring one of the least documented yet one of the most important historical chapters of the modern era, the picture that emerges will challenge the way readers looks at the Middle East and Islam, and their relationship to the West.