Religion and Identity in Modern Russia: The Revival of Orthodoxy and Islam, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Religion and Identity in Modern Russia

The Revival of Orthodoxy and Islam, 1st Edition

By Marietta Stepaniants

Edited by Juliet Johnson


176 pages

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Focusing on the roles of Russian Orthodoxy and Islam in constituting, challenging and changing national and ethnic identities in Russia, this study takes Tsarist and Soviet legacies into account, paying special attention to the evolution of the relationship between religious teachings and political institutions through the late 19th and 20th centuries. The volume explicitly discusses and compares the role of Russia's two major religions, Orthodoxy and Islam, in forging identity in the modern era and brings an innovative blend of sociological, historical, linguistic and geographic scholarship to the problem of post-Soviet Russian identity. This comprehensive volume is suitable for courses on post-Soviet politics, Russian studies, religion and political culture.


'…this wide-ranging volume should be of keen interest to those working on the political dimensions of Russian Orthodoxy and Islam in post-Communist Russia and on their mutual interrelationship.' Slavonic and East European Review 'This is a timely volume on the role of religion in contemporary Russia…the volume presents a useful contribution to the ongoing debate on the role of religion and nationalism in transitional societies.' Europe-Asia Studies

Table of Contents

Contents: Religion after Communism: belief, identity, and the Soviet legacy in Russia, Juliet Johnson; Ethno-religious identity in modern Russia: orthodoxy and Islam compared, Marietta Stepaniants; Orthodoxy, ethnicity, and mass Ethnophobias in the late Tsarist era, Liudmila Gatagova; In search of the "Russian Idea": a view from inside the Russian Orthodox church, Father Georgii Chistiakov; Tolerance and extremism: Russian ethnicity in the Orthodox discourse of the 1990s, Svetlana Ryzhova; Islam and the emergence of Tatar National identity, Aidar Yuzeev; Islam and the construction of Tatar sociolinguistic identity, Suzanne Wertheim; The Ponticization of Ethnic religious identity in Dagestan, Zagir Arukhov; Modern identities in Russia: a new struggle for the soul?, Juliet Johnson; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Juliet Johnson is Associate Professor of Political Science at McGill University, Canada. She has published on topics ranging from post-communist political economy to the politics of Russian national identity formation. Marietta Stepaniants is affiliated with the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences as well as the State University of the Humanities (Moscow). Over her distinguished career, she has published numerous books and scholarly articles. Benjamin Forest is Associate Professor of Geography at Dartmouth College, USA. He has published articles on identity, race and ethnicity, and political representation.

About the Series

Post-Soviet Politics

Post-Soviet Politics
The last decade has seen rapid and fundamental change in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Although there has been considerable academic comment on these changes over the years, detailed empirical and theoretical research on the transformation of the post-Soviet space is only just beginning to appear as new paradigms are developed to explain change. Post-Soviet Politics is a series focusing on the politics of change in the states of the former USSR. The series publishes original work that blends theoretical development with empirical research on post-Soviet politics. The series includes work that progresses comparative analysis of post-Soviet politics, as well as case study research on political change in individual post-Soviet states. The series features original research monographs, thematically strong edited collections and specialized texts. Uniquely, this series brings together the complete spectrum of work on post-Soviet politics, providing a voice for academics world wide.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State