This book looks at Eastern and Western monasticism’s continuous and intensive interactions with society in Eastern Europe, Russia and the Former Soviet Republics. It discusses the role monastics played in fostering national identities, as well as the potentiality of monasteries and religious orders to be vehicles of ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue within and beyond national boundaries. Using a country-specific analysis, the book highlights the monastic tradition and monastic establishments. It addresses gaps in the academic study of religion in Eastern European and Russian historiography and looks at the role of monasticism as a cultural and national identity forming determinant in the region.
Table of Contents
Monasticism in Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Republics: An Introduction Ines Angeli Murzaku PART I: Monasticism in Eastern - Central Europe 1. Monasticism in Bulgaria Daniela Kalkandjieva 2. Croatian Monasticism and Glagolitic Tradition: Glagolitic Letters at Home and Abroad Julia Verkholantsev 3. Monasticism in Slovakia and Slovak National Development Stanislav J. Kirschbaum 4. Catholic Monasticism, Orders, and Societies in Hungary: Ten Centuries of Expansion, Disaster, and Revival James P. Niessen 5. Religion and Identity in Montenegro Jelena Dzankic 6. Relations between the Holy Mountain and Eastern Europe c.1850-2000 Graham Speake 7. Roman Catholic Monasticism in Poland Krystyna Górniak-Kocikowska 8. Orthodox Monasticism and the Development of the Modern Romanian State from Dora d’Istria’s Criticism to Cyclical Reevaluation of Monastic Spirituality in Contemporary Romania Antonio D’Alessandri 9. Monasticism in Serbia in the Modern Period: Development, Influence, Importance Radmila Radić 10. The Church and Religious Orders in Slovenia in the Twentieth Century Kolar Bogdan 11. Between East and West: Albania's Monastic Mosaic Ines Angeli Murzaku PART II: Monasticism in Russia and Former Soviet Republics 12. Monasticism in Modern Russia Scott Kenworthy 13. Monasticism in Russia's Far North in the Pre-Petrine Era: Social, Cultural, and Economic Interaction Jennifer Spock 14. Abbots and Artifacts: The Construction of Orthodox-Based Russian National Identity at Resurrection "New Jerusalem" Monastery in the Nineteenth Century Kevin Kain 15. Monasticism and the Construction of the Armenian Intellectual Tradition Sergio La Porta 16. Monks and Monasticism in Georgia in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Paul Crego 17. Greco-Catholic Monasticism in Ukraine: Between Mission and Contemplation Daniel Galadza
Ines Angeli Murzaku is Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Founding Chair of the Department of Catholic Studies, Seton Hall University.
"Professor Murzaku fills a significant void in her recent marvelous collection of essays on the role of monasticism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet states...Monasticism in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Republics is a must have for scholars in the area...I know of no other work available in English that details monasticism in ECE and FSR in an inter-disciplinary forum with attention to both Orthodox and Catholic expressions of monastic life... All theological and university libraries ought to have a copy for reference, in addition to those who research and teach in the areas of Eastern Christianity, ecumenism, spirituality and ecclesiology...I highly recommend this text."
Robert P. Marko, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI - Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe Volume 36 Issue 5 2016